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Walmart last week announced plans to build a $220 million distribution center in Dorchester County, South Carolina, that is expected to increase volume at the Port of Charleston by 5 percent.
Once completed, the new storage and cross-dock facility will span nearly 3 million square feet. Expected to take 14 months to build, the facility will supply several regional distribution centers, and support 850 Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs across the state and beyond, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) officials said in a press release.
"Walmart's investment will create jobs for South Carolinians and boost cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston. We are experts at moving goods just-in-time for global companies," said SCPA President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Newsome.
CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway provide daily express intermodal and merchandise rail services at the port.