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Walmart is building two new high-tech buildings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  
According to a news release, a 1.5 million-square-foot automated fulfillment center is scheduled to open in 2023 and a 730,000 square-foot automated grocery distribution center is expected to open 2024.  
The two Lancaster-based facilities are among the retailer’s largest automated fulfillment and distribution centers and will support the company’s growing supply chain network. The new spaces will move more than two times the amount of a traditional fulfillment and grocery distribution center, according to a news release.  
The centers are expected to generate about 1,000 new full-time jobs with 40% of the jobs requiring STEM skills.  
“Walmart is excited to welcome two new high-tech facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to our expanding supply chain network,” Joe Metzger, executive vice president, supply chain operations at Walmart U.S, said in a news release. “These high-tech facilities will include game-changing innovations that are radically disrupting the supply chain, getting products onto store shelves and items shipped to our customers even faster, while saving time for our associates.” 
Walmart (NYSE: WMT) currently operates 19 distribution centers, 593 retail stores and employs more than 171,000 in Texas.  
The retailer’s high-tech facilities are part of a larger investment to strengthen its automation technology use in its supply chain. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to add automation in more than half its distribution and fulfillment centers.  
“I, along with my colleagues on the Lancaster City Council, are excited to be working with Walmart as they construct two facilities simultaneously within our community,” Clyde Hairston, mayor of Lancaster, said in a news release. “We look forward to this project bringing more than 1,000 new jobs and helping boost our local economy with an increased daily population.” 
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