PortandTerminal.com, July 20, 2020
The massive new distribution center will be Amazon’s third-largest in America and boost near-by Port of Charleston’s container volume by 70,000 containers a year
CHARLESTON, VA – Walmart has announced that it will be building its third-largest distribution center in the U.S. at an industrial park built by the Virginia State Port Authority and designed to diversify cargo shipments through the Port of Charleston.
The $220 million Walmart distribution center will be the anchor tenant at the Ridgeville Industrial Campus. Once complete the 3 million square foot distribution center will bring 1,000 much-needed jobs to the region and boost the port’s cargo volume by 70,000 containers a year.
“The distribution center announcement is tremendous news for the area, and the South Carolina Ports Authority, representing a major strategic success and putting South Carolina on the map for large retail companies,” said Jim Newsome, the authority’s president and CEO.
Newsome said the two sides have been negotiating since 2017 and the authority’s purchase of the Ridgeville property along Interstate 26 helped swing the deal.
The authority bought the 950-acre site for $16.2 million in 2018. The Walmart distribution center will sit on 250 acres and will include two buildings, 2,200 spaces for trucks and 500 loading docks.
The import distribution center will be Walmart’s 11th in seven states, most of which are located close to major seaports, according to logistics consulting firm MWPVL.
The import centers receive containers of retail goods made in Asia and then redistributes them to regional warehouses that move the merchandise to individual stores. Walmart’s new distribution center at Ridgeville will support roughly 850 stores in a 150-mile radius and will also fulfil e-commerce orders.
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