Walmart bringing $200M distribution facility, 300 jobs to Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Walmart is bringing 300 new jobs to the Topeka area in a major development on the Kanza Fire Commerce Park.

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Economic leaders revealed them as the company behind "Project Lightning" at Wednesday night's Joint Economic Development Organization meeting.

“It is thrilling to know that Topeka has captured the attention of the world’s largest retailer. It’s major wins like this that really accelerate the Capital City’s already powerful momentum," Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership, said.

JEDO members voted to approve Go Topeka's incentive agreement for the company.

The agreement states Walmart will invest approximately $200 million to build and equip a 1.8 million square foot distribution facility.

The agreement calls for Go Topeka to provide land in the Kanza Fire Commerce Park. The park, off Hwy. 75 and SW 77th St., already is home to the Mars Chocolate plant.

Under the agreement, the company could receive up to $1.45 million in employment, training, facility, and infrastructure incentives. Provisions are made in the event the company does not meet minimum thresholds for investment and employment.

“We at the Partnership and GO Topeka are proud to have had the opportunity to work with Walmart’s exceptional team to have made this project a reality. We are excited about the many prospects this affords the Topeka & Shawnee County community," said Molly Howey, GTP/GO Topeka senior vice president of economic development.

GTP leaders say Walmart was impressed, in part, by Topeka's central location, able to reach anywhere in the continental U.S. in less than three days.

This will be Walmart's fourth distribution center in Kansas, and its largest. GTP said it will have a total economic impact of $635 million over the next 10 years.