The Arkansas-based company says it will construct a 420,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center. Ground breaking could possibly happen this year. Wal-Mart may yet build, but hasn’t yet committed to, a general-merchandise storage building, estimated at about 400,000 square feet. There is room for such an addition on the property.
City officials say the perishable portion is the higher-value part of the original full-scale distribution center plan with a high level of mechanization, refrigeration and freezing, city officials said.
The new distribution center follows a growth spurt for Wal-Mart in Minnesota. The company opened Minnesota stores in 2012 in Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville and St. Cloud and expanded in Redwood Falls. A store in Princeton opened earlier this year and a supercenter is under construction in Blaine.