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Walmart Establishes Lyman, South Carolina, Distribution Center

Walmart will invest $450 million to build a new, high-tech distribution center for fresh and frozen groceries in Lyman, South Carolina. The project is expected to create more than 400 new jobs in Spartanburg County.

The more than 720,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in 2024, will rely on the combination of associates, automation technology, robotics and machine learning to process grocery perishables, such as produce, eggs, dairy, flowers and frozen goods, and deliver them to nearby stores.

“Walmart’s high-tech grocery distribution center will include game-changing innovations that are radically disrupting the supply chain, getting products onto shelves for our customers even faster, while saving time for our associates. We’re proud to be opening Walmart’s largest automated grocery distribution center in Spartanburg County and look forward to bringing new STEM job opportunities to the region,” Walmart U.S., Senior Vice President, Automation and Innovation, David Guggina said.

According to state officials, the facility marks Walmart’s largest grocery distribution center to date and will move two times more product than a traditional grocery distribution center. The project is part of a larger investment the retailer announced earlier this year to double down on the use of automation technology in its supply chain.

“Walmart’s decision to grow its South Carolina presence and build a new distribution center in Spartanburg County is a tremendous reason to celebrate. This announcement speaks volumes to our state’s logistics advantages, infrastructure and business-friendly environment. We’re thrilled to have Walmart on the roster of renowned companies calling the Palmetto State home,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project as an incentive.

“Along with strengthening Spartanburg’s robust logistics sector, this significant investment by Walmart continues a pattern of Spartanburg being increasingly connected to the larger, nationwide economy. We’re excited to welcome yet another project with global connections to our county,” Spartanburg County Councilman and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee David Britt said.

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