February 10, 2017
The company, which is the nation's largest private employer, is taking $6.8 billion in capital investments and putting it toward the construction of new and existing stores and will expand its Online Grocery Pickup service.
The jobs will include both store personnel and staff for its e-commerce service.
Wal-Mart Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs Dan Bartlett said the company is present in many communities in the nation and has a large supplier network. The company understands that it plays a critical role in producing and supporting U.S. jobs.
He said the company's 2017 goals is to expand the company and support the textile industry. Bartlett said there will be a meaningful impact all around the nation.
The company said it believes another 24,000 construction jobs would be supported with new stores being constructed and others being renovated.
Wal-Mart's announcement comes after a number of huge retailers - Sears, Kmart, JC Penny's and Lowe's would close stores or reduce their payroll numbers.
The Bentonville, AR.-based company, which employs 1.5 million workers in the country, has not stated any locations for the new stores.