The newly-opened next-generation fulfillment center in Lancaster is expected to create 1,000 jobs, including “tech-focused” positions.
“Walmart is paving the way for good jobs and great careers in the Dallas region with the Lancaster fulfillment center,” Walmart spokesperson Karisa Sprague said in a company press release. “These tech-powered jobs will drive the future of Walmart’s continued promise of speedy shipping and delivery for customers in the south-central U.S. just in time for the holidays.”
The 1.5-million-square-foot center is 15 miles south of Dallas on Belt Line Road. According to Walmart, it is the third of four next-generation facilities company officials said last year it planned to build over the next three years.
“This is an exciting day for … Lancaster, and we are thrilled to be the new home of Walmart’s newest state-of-the-art fulfillment center,” Mayor Clyde C. Hairston said in the press release. “This facility will be a great benefit to the residents in our city and the greater North Texas region.”
The center is designed to expand access to the retailer’s next- and two-day shipping. According to Progressive Grocer, an automated high-density storage system consolidates a 12-step process into five steps: unload, receive, pick, pack, and ship.
“Walmart’s new facility in southern Dallas County will not only create impactful employment opportunities but will also provide for enhanced quality of life for my constituents and residents across Dallas County,” Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price said in the press release. “I look forward to partnering with Walmart as they continue to invest in our community.”
Asked about the company’s economic investment in Dallas County, Walmart spokesperson Lindsey Coulter referred The Dallas Express to the company’s press release on the Lancaster facility. According to the release, Walmart employs more than 175,000 associates in Texas. It spent $90.3 billion with Texas suppliers in 2022.
The other next-generation centers will be or have been built in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.