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Walmart warehouse in Bronx spans 205,000 square feet

Walmart warehouse in Bronx spans 205,000 square feet

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant is leasing a warehouse in the Bronx through its e-commerce wholesale home decor business, Jet.com.

The move has helped Walmart establish a foothold in New York City after more than a decade of attempts.

According to The New York Times, Walmart-owned Jet.com is leasing a 205,000-square-foot facility that will soon deliver to New Yorkers, serving as the company’s first physical presence after years of facing resistance from labor groups and political opponents.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been “uncomfortable” with the company, while his predecessor — Michael Bloomberg — was more encouraging.

Jet, helmed by founder Marc Lore and based in Hoboken, New Jersey, is also reportedly developing its industry in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

In the Bronx, Jet will be able to supply Walmart’s items to the metropolitan area.

“This is another building block that is part of Jet’s strategy focused on urban centers,” Simon Belsham, president of Jet.com, told The Wall Street Journal back in July.

“The control element, I think, is as important as speed” to online shoppers awaiting deliveries, he said.

Jet, which Walmart acquired for $3.3 billion, recently enabled “text shopping” to help the center fulfill same-day, on-demand orders. Walmart has said it plans to offer same-day grocery delivery from its U.S. stores in 100 cities by the end of the year.

Previously, Jet delivered groceries to New York and other Northeastern cities, but generally in two days via parcel services like FedEx Corp.

With the Jet warehouse, Walmart hopes to compete by promising to deliver both food and merchandise to shoppers in tight, scheduled windows — much like its ecommerce rival, Amazon Inc.

Walmart actually gained its first retail presence last June when it acquired online apparel startup Bonobos for $300 million.

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