Walmart has opened its first Sam’s Club distribution center in Oklahoma. The 300,000-square-foot facility is at OKCLogistics Park in southwest Oklahoma City. The $40 million project will bring over 130 jobs to the metro area.
“This facility allows Walmart to enhance their supply chain capabilities through strategic expansion and cutting-edge automation,” said Erik Williams, manager of talent and business growth at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
The Chamber’s economic development team partnered with state and local officials to finalize the deal. Chamber staff performed a wage analysis for multiple positions at the distribution center and facilitated discussions regarding training support and incentives.
“This substantial capital investment further proves that Oklahoma City is a prime destination for world-class companies looking to expand,” said Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Christy Gillenwater. “Our business-friendly climate, middle-of-the-country location and access to major interstates and rail lines makes Oklahoma City the perfect place for a distribution center.”
Logistics is one of the biggest industries in the Greater Oklahoma City region. Major trade hubs and more than 411 million residents are within 1,800 miles of Oklahoma City. The region has more than 36,000 jobs in logistics and distribution.
The Oklahoma City distribution center is part of Walmart's multi-year growth plan to transform the supply chain at Sam’s Club and evolve network and end-to-end capabilities. New distribution centers will also be opened in St. Louis and Minneapolis this year.