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Wal-Mart’s Herkert CEO
Wal-Mart Canada To Build Grocery Hub
S upervalu Inc.’s board of directors has
appointed Craig Herkert, 49, of Wal-Mart,
to the position of chief executive officer. W al-Mart Canada will invest $115 million to build a state-of-art distribution center
in Balzac, Alberta. Among the largest refrigerated buildings in Canada, the DC
Jeff Noddle, 62, who has served as chief will be 400,000-square-feet in size and serve as a distribution hub for fresh food des-
executive officer since 2001 and chairman tined for Wal-Mart stores in Western Canada.
of the board since 2002, will continue to This will support the expansion of Wal-Mart’s modern supercenter format, which
serve as the company’s executive chairman adds a complete range of groceries to its traditional general merchandise selection, as
and will work closely with Herkert over the well as its commitment to being a leader on environmental sustainability.
upcoming months to ensure a smooth transi- “Even in tough times, we continue to invest in our communities and in our business,”
tion of senior management. says Andy Ellis, senior vice president, supply and logistics, Wal-Mart Canada. “This distri-
Herkert’s official start date has not yet bution center provides us a state-of-the-art facility, custom made to deliver the freshest
been determined. products available for our Wal-Mart customers all across the West.”
“As we approach the end of year three of Wal-Mart Canada has invested $220 million in the past year to modernize and ex-
our company’s transformation and as I begin pand its distribution network. The network supplies 312 stores nationwide from eight
planning for retirement, the time is right to distribution facilities: four sites in Calgary, Alberta, including Balzac; one site in Corn-
lay the groundwork for continuity of leader- wall, Ontario; and three sites in Mississauga, including a newly opened 450,000-square-
ship through the next phase of our journey,” foot, refrigerated center that will be the model for the Balzac location. Wal-Mart
says Noddle. Canada’s nationwide distribution activities employ more than 3,200 Canadians.
“Herkert is a talented executive with The DC will open in late 2010 and will be operated by Canadian logistics firm Centric
extensive experience in food retailing and Retail Logistics.
supply chain management. As an integral The facility will be built and operated with rigid environmental standards, including:
part of Wal-Mart’s senior leadership team, he • Environmentally preferable construction materials and building equipment: con-
has demonstrated an ability to create share- crete floors instead of chemical intensive tiling in all office areas; concrete supplement-
holder value and achieve business results,” ed with fly ash instead of cement; substantial roof and wall insulation; environmentally
says Noddle. preferable paint finishes.
“I look forward to working closely with • Temperature cont