Walmart has announced it will open its first U.S. retail stores in Ohio and Indiana in 2017.
The news comes amid a global push to open stores, and also as the nation prepares to celebrate Black History Month.
The retail giant said it will create 1,200 jobs in each of its U.K. and U.A.E. locations, which will include 2,100 employees at its Ohio and Wisconsin stores, with the goal of having 2,000 stores open by 2021.
The two U.s. stores will be built at a former Sears store, the first such location in the U.N.F.T. site, a location which also includes an existing Walmart Supercenter.
Walmart is also adding 1,000 jobs to its manufacturing operations in both the U of A. and in Kentucky.
The company also announced plans to add a total of more than 1,100 jobs at its global headquarters in Singapore and plans to create 2,500 new full-time positions in the next two years.
The company has about 5,600 employees in its U,A.
and Kentucky locations.
WalMart, which reported $3.3 trillion in sales in 2017, said it expects to open 1,800 stores in 2021.
It also announced a partnership with local high school and college football team, the Toledo Tiger-Cats, to create high-end shopping experiences.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Toledo Tiger College Football and our team to create an experience that is both exciting and fun for our students and the community,” said Bill Shelton, chairman and CEO of Walmart, in a statement.
“Our students are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country, and the Tiger-Cat experience will be an incredible opportunity for our associates and their families.”
Walmart’s U.T.-based stores will include 1,400 of its largest-selling products, such as the $199 Walmart All-American Express and the $129 Walmart Select and $139 Walmart Value.
The stores will also feature a variety of merchandise including apparel, jewelry, home decor, electronics, and home furnishings.
The Walmart stores will feature a selection of apparel and accessories.