Walmart plans to move its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, to a nearby 350-acre campus in the next few years which, according to the initial representations of the artists, resembles a gleaming corporate center in Silicon Valley rather than the home of a discount retailer. .
The company, which has more than 14,000 corporate employees, announced Friday that it is making its way to a new location in northwest Arkansas, just a few blocks from its current location. The new campus will be composed of four quads joined by walking and biking trails.
The buildings that house Walmart's current headquarters are almost 50 years old, and were built in 1971. They are also quite fragmented and consist of 21 separate buildings, some of which have been reused old warehouses, according to Business Insider.
The participation of employees from different sectors in a single campus was important for the company, said Dan Bartlett, corporate executive vice president of Walmart, during a call with reporters. Equally important, it seems, is the appeal of an open and green campus like Google or Apple. For Walmart, a more up-to-date corporate headquarters is part of broadening its appeal to future employees.
"It's a very competitive talent war," said Bartlett.
The new campus will offer spaces for outdoor meetings, bike trails, plenty of parking space and an on-site child care center, Walmart said. It will also include what Bartlett called a "mbadive" public park.
Walmart executives visited other company campuses as they planned their new headquarters, including the Apple, McDonald & s and Deloitte training centers, as well as universities such as Stanford, the University of Texas and the University of Arkansas.
The company plans to open the doors of the new headquarters in July and move employees to stages, starting in 2020 and to approximately 2024, Bartlett said.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.