Wal-Mart has announced plans to open two supercentres in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan early next year.


Existing Walmart stores in Saskatoon and Regina will both be replaced by supercentres, the US retail giant said. The new stores will combine a grocery business with the existing stores’ current merchandise selection.


The stores will be the first Walmart Supercentres, as well as the company’s first foray into the fresh grocery business in the province.


“Walmart Supercentres are not just about getting bigger, they are about getting better,” said Jim Thompson, Walmart Canada’s senior vice president of operations and merchandise. “Supercentres give us a broader selection and a better opportunity to save people money by taking a big bite out of their grocery bills.”


The Saskatoon supercentre will be located at 22nd Street and Betts Avenue, and the Regina supercentre will be part of the Grasslands commercial development. Both stores will be around 30% larger than those they replace.


“Now, with a favourable provincial economy and the expectations of customers growing, we think it’s the right time to take our investment and our business to the next level. Regina and Saskatoon are a first step. We expect to make future investments and improvements province-wide,” said Thompson.


Walmart Canada operates 58 Supercentres in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, having first introduced the format to Canada in 2006.