Charleston port improvements paying off with Walmart DC groundbreaking | Business

RIDGEVILLE — Retail giant Walmart broke ground Wednesday on an import distribution center off Interstate 26 that will transport goods shipped through the Port of Charleston to roughly 850 stores and Sam’s Club warehouses throughout South Carolina.

The $220 million investment at the Ridgeville Industrial Campus will create about 1,000 full-time jobs. Construction of the distribution center, announced in July, will take 14 months.

Greg Smith, Walmart’s executive vice president of supply chain, said the port’s “business mindset, efficient operations and shovel-ready site” at the commerce park were key factors in the retailer’s decision to locate here. He added the port’s “proven track record of handling high-demand supply chain needs for the automotive industry gives us full confidence in their ability to meet our retail distribution and e-commerce needs.”

The State Ports Authority is developing the commerce park on about 1,000 acres it purchased for $16.2 million in June 2018

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