The big box retailer says it will create 10,000 jobs by opening 59 new, expanded or relocated Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities, the company announced Tuesday.
This news comes after, Walmart’s recent announcement of laying off hundreds of employees throughout the company’s human resource division.
In announcing its 2017 goals, the company said the expansion and remolding of the stores will create 24,000 constructions jobs nationwide.
“Walmart is investing to better serve customers,” said Dan Bartlett, Walmart executive vice president for corporate affairs. “With a presence in thousands of communities and a vast supplier network, we know we play an important role in supporting and creating American jobs.
In addition, Walmart plans to train 225,000 associates. By the end of July, 160 new training Academies around the country will open. Walmart Academies will allow store managers and hourly supervisors to receive training in retail fundamentals, leadership, as well as learning to manage specific departments inside the stores.
The training will last six weeks.
While the company is planning to eliminate hundreds of jobs around the country by the end of the fiscal year on Jan. 31, it still plans to develop and create more American jobs and continue to innovate in textile manufacturing.