Walmart selects Dorchester County as site for new distribution center

July 20, 2020

$220 Million Investment Creating More Than 1,000 New Jobs

Walmart has announced plans to build a $220 million distribution center in Dorchester County, near Ridgeville, South Carolina. The announcement was the culmination of an effort, supported by state, county and local officials, to strengthen Walmart’s supply chain network while creating more than 1,000 new jobs.

“At a time when job creation is so vital, and- more than ever- our customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need during this unprecedented time, we are excited about the impact this new facility will have on the regional economy and how it will help us better serve customers across the Southeast. We found a great partner in the state of South Carolina and we’re grateful for the support we received from Dorchester County, the South Carolina Ports Authority, the Department of Commerce and so many others who helped make this project a reality,” said Walmart Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Greg Smith.

Once completed, the new storage and cross-dock facility will span nearly three million square feet. This direct import distribution center, which will take approximately 14 months to build, will supply several regional distribution centers supporting approximately 850 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across South Carolina and beyond.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The Council also awarded Dorchester County a $5 million Set-Aside grant to assist with related project costs.

Dorchester County’s close proximity to the ports of Charleston and Savannah, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and numerous state and federal highways, combined with its natural beauty and unwavering sense of community, are what make it the best county in South Carolina to build a business and raise a family. For more information on Dorchester County, visit