OKLAHOMA CITY (OBV) – Walmart Inc. will build a massive, multi-purpose Sam’s Club distribution center in Oklahoma City, the first such center in Oklahoma.
Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the forthcoming facility on Monday.
“Since Sam’s Club first opened in Oklahoma in 1983, Sam’s has been an important economic driver for our state,” Stitt said. “I am thrilled that partnership will continue as the company brings 130 long-term jobs to Oklahoma with this new distribution center.”
It will be 300,000 square feet and located at OKC Logistics Park at SW 29th and Council.
The new Sam’s Club distribution center will employ 130 associates, according to Amy Wyatt-Moore, senior manager of Sam’s Club’s Corporate Communications office.
Walmart does have distribution centers in Oklahoma to serve stores in the region, but Sam’s Club currently does not have a distribution center in the state. The new Sam’s Club distribution center will be the first such facility in the state, according to Wyatt-Moore.
Walmart anticipates a $40 million capital investment to open the facility.
“We’re excited to enhance our supply chain capabilities in the State of Oklahoma,” said Joseph Godsey, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Sam’s Club. “We are on a journey to transform the entire Sam’s Club supply chain through strategic expansion and cutting-edge automation. This investment will help us provide a better experience for our members in the speed and availability of our products.”
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt praised the investment, saying the new facility will be the latest addition to southwest Oklahoma City’s growing distribution corridor.
“We are excited to extend our long-term partnership with Walmart and Sam’s Club to include this new distribution center,” Mayor David Holt said. “Oklahoma City’s population continues to grow and as both our city and the company expand, we look forward to working together.”
The distribution center is expected to open in early 2024, according to the governor’s office.
Walmart employs more than 35,000 people across the state, making it Oklahoma’s largest employer.