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Walmart Canada to expand

Mississauga, Ontario - To support its growth and continue to build on its e-commerce operation, walmart.ca, Walmart Canada is embarking its new fiscal year with plans to complete 35 supercentre sites as well as expand its distribution network.

To be completed by the end of the company's new fiscal year, which started Feb. 1, 2014 and runs through January 31, 2015, the new sites will bring Walmart Canada's store count to 395, including 282 supercentres and 113 discount stores.

The projects represent a combined investment of close to $500 million in the Canadian economy over the next year and 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 locations for specific store and distribution centre projects will be announced as specific projects become finalized.

Walmart Canada's supercentres each carry more than 100,000 products ranging from groceries to apparel, home decor and electronics as well as specialty services such as pharmacies, garden centres and vision centres.

Walmart Canada's online store -- walmart.ca -- is growing rapidly, the company said, and offers more than 150,000 products including everyday needs such as toothpaste, shampoo, dry grocery items including gluten-free products, electronics, furniture, fitness equipment, barbecues, patio sets, and toys for children of all ages. The site offers a growing range of services including free shipping throughout most of Canada and easy Canada Post pick up.

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