TRURO – Fresh produce, deli meats and baked goods will be among the items added to the grocery shelves at the Truro Walmart following an upcoming conversion.
“We are going to be turning the store into a supercentre,” Walmart Canada’s public relations manager, Rosalyn Carneiro, confirmed to the Truro Daily News this week. "We anticipate opening this summer."
Grand opening ceremonies are being planned for late June.
The Truro department store is one of 35 sites across the country that is being included among Walmart’s supercenter distribution network under a nearly $500-million investment plan to the Canadian economy this fiscal year (which runs from Feb. 1, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015).
In some areas, the overall project will include the construction of new stores as well as the expansion, remodeling and relocation of existing stores. The investments will include more than $376 million for store projects, $91 million for distribution network projects to grow Walmart Canada’s fresh food capability and $31 million for e-commerce projects. The combined expansion is expected to generate more than 7,500 jobs over the next year, including construction jobs.
Carneiro could not say how many news jobs will be created in Truro but she said a hiring process is underway at that store. Interested applicants are asked to go to the company’s careers page at (http://walmartcanada.ca/Pages/Careers/184/184/184) .
The overall size of the store will not be changed but its interior will be renovated to accommodate a “full complement” of groceries that will include baked goods, deli meats, dairy products and fresh produce, Carneiro said.
“It will be a re-modeled store so we’re not planning to expand the walls or anything like that.”
The store will not be closed during the renovations but will be sectioned off department by department as the project proceeds.
"We want to make sure our customers still have access to all the things they're looking for," she said.
Walmart began its conversion to supercentre sites in 2006 with six stores in Ontario. Since then, the conversion project has grown "quite exponentially," Carneiro said, to the point where it now operates 247 supercenters across the country.
The U.S.–owned discount retailer currently operates 389 stores in Canada but plans to increase that to 395 sites by the end of next January.