AMHERST – Rumours the border town of Amherst could be in the running for a Walmart central distribution center are just that, Walmart Canada’s Director of Corporate Affairs says.
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For now Amherst will have to be content with Walmart’s Robert-Angus Drive box store as one of the employers in the community. The company’s director of Corporate Affairs for Canada says rumours the company is looking to build a central distribution centre in the Amherst Industrial Park are not true.
“I don’t even know where this is coming from,” Alex Robertson said.
Walmart reviews its stores, expansions and real estate projects annually, Robertson said, and make it publically known what’s in store but the timing of this rumour a central distribution centre was being considered for Amherst doesn’t match up with policy.
“Normally we discuss and announce our real estate projects at the beginning of the year, either January or February.”
Robertson can understand why such a rumour might be circulating, however.
“When we expand into a region and grow those rumours about central distribution centres start to appear,” Robertson said.
Presently, Walmarts in the region have enjoyed a successful initiative to offer more local produce in its store locations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Robertson said.
“It’s been a real great experience,” Robertson said.