Wal-Mart to Build Mankato Facility That Will Employ 300

A construction schedule has not been finalized, but the retailer might break ground on the facility this year; it’s scheduled to open in late 2015.

Wal-Mart reportedly revealed plans to open a new distribution center in Mankato that will employ 300 after it opens its doors in late 2015.
 
According to a report in the Mankato Free Press, the retailer might break ground on the facility as early as later this year. The center, which will store and distribute perishables like produce to Wal-Mart stores in the Upper Midwest, will span 420,000 square feet.
 
The majority of the 300 positions at the center will be full time, the newspaper reported.
 
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart purchased land on the northeast edge of Mankato in 2005, and the announcement about the distribution center has been anticipated for some time. However, Mankato Community Development Director Paul Vogel told the Free Press that Wal-Mart initially planned to build a center within the city that would open in 2008, but it pulled back when the recession hit.
 
Delia Garcia, Wal-Mart’s director of communications, told the Free Press that the construction schedule for the distribution center hasn’t been finalized, and the company still needs to identify a general contractor and send out bids.
 
Wal-Mart reportedly plans to add a dry-box building to the distribution center at some point in the future—a move that would add another 400,000 square feet. No timetable has been set for that portion of the project.
 
Located about 80 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, Mankato is home to an impressive and growing number of businesses.

Wal-Mart isn’t the only company that has recently announced plans to expand there. In December, Imperial Plastics, Inc., a Lakeville-based maker of molded plastics, announced plans to add a 69,120-square-foot facility in the city—a move that will result in 125 new jobs there.

Last fall, Twin Cities Business asked businesspeople who live and work in the city what’s contributing to its growth. To hear their responses and learn more about why Mankato is booming, read the magazine’s October feature story here.