Tale of the Tape: Walmart vs. Target
Battle of the Titans
Retail rivals Walmart and Target are bringing their fight for bargain shopping supremacy to the tiny hamlet of Balzac, immediately northeast of Calgary. Both multibillion-dollar American companies have chosen the area to build distribution centres that will service their locations in Western Canada. And keeping with the fashion of major American companies, both distribution centres are supersized. We break down the size and scope of each project.
The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company built Alberta’s biggest fridge a few kilometres from Calgary’s international airport to service its Walmart Supercentres between the West Coast and Winnipeg. The distribution centre is stocked with perishable food items that will eventually end up on the shelves at the grocery stores it serves.
Target is opening 124 locations in Canada in 2013. Those stores are being serviced by just three distribution centres across the country, and only one of those is being built in Western Canada. It’s fitting that Target, in fierce competition with Walmart, chose to make its distribution centre triple the size of the one its chief rival built – although Target’s centre will house everything from clothing to electronics.
|Size||400,000 square feet||1.3 million square feet|
|Number of Stores
In Service Area
|Number of Loading
Time to a Store
|14 hours to Campbell River, B.C. (1,214 kilometres)||13 hours to Winnipeg, Manitoba (1,337 kilometres)|
Created to Build
|Two wind turbines, rows of solar panels and a hydrogen fuel cell provide power to the building.||Target announced it was seeking LEED certification for its Canadian stores, but there’s no indication it will do the same for its distribution centres.|