Walmart has announced plans to build a $10 billion warehouse in Georgia for low wage workers, including its lowest-paid employees.
The $10-billion warehouse, which will include a parking garage, is the largest in the country, and will house more than 8,500 low-paid workers.
The announcement came Friday in the form of a memo from Walmart’s president, Chuck Monahan.
The company is expanding its warehouse in metro Atlanta to house 1,000 low-skilled workers.
Walmart is also looking to move its retail stores to other states.
“Walmart has been a leader in opening new businesses for decades and this facility will help grow our business in a new and dynamic way,” Monahan said in a statement.
Walmart said the warehouse will help increase its “diversity and inclusion,” and will be a “powerful catalyst for creating new jobs for our workers.”
The company announced the move to build the warehouse in the middle of the summer, and it will be operational next year.
Walmart plans to hire 1,500 workers for the warehouse, the company said.
Walmart workers in Georgia will make $7.25 an hour, or about $11.50 per hour, but workers in Alabama, Mississippi and Alabama will make more, $9.50 an hour.
Walmart has said that its decision to build its own manufacturing facilities in other states will create thousands of new jobs in Georgia.
Walmart also said it is investing $5 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations over the next two years, and is building additional factories in North Carolina and Ohio.
Walmart employs about 2 million people in the U.A.E., and it employs about 7 million in the United States.
The news comes as the company has been hit by a wave of protests over its treatment of workers.
Last week, a group of Walmart workers walked off the job after weeks of low pay, long hours and other abuses.
Walmart now says it will hire workers to fill those jobs, but the move comes as workers across the country continue to organize and demand better conditions.