BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Like many other businesses, Walmart closed its Bentonville home office during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All home office associates are working remotely a trend Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, Cindi Marsiglio says could continue.
“Some of our business units are investigating a work from home wave in the future, we’ll work with those learnings today, in the coming months and during development in the coming years,” Marsiglio said.
She said the Walmart team is taking notes during this time to ensure the new home office is a healthy working environment.
“It’s important for people to know we are still moving forward with a collaborative space that allows associates to convene together,” Marsiglio said.
One way to accomplish this is to spread people out.
“The new home office campus covers 350 acres. It’s multiple office buildings and amenity buildings. It’s organized as four neighborhoods,” Marsiglio said.
The new home office is set to open in about five years, according to Marsigalo, giving them time to see how the pandemic plays out..
“The flexibility we’ve already built-in, and technology we’ve already anticipated will allow us to keep up with the workplace of the future,” Marsiglio said.
Additional Home Office Information:
Walmart opened their first home office in 1970, located at 702 SW 8th St, Bentonville, AR. The new location will be on the east side of J Street, between Central Avenue and 14th Street (Highway 102).
With the new campus location, offices will no longer be spread out around town. Anne Hatfield,
with Walmart Global Communications, said they are planning to have 14,000 to 17,000 employees on the campus.
The company plans on keeping around 10,000 technology employees working at home indefinitely. They say they adjusted quickly to working remotely.
An announcement from the company says it will include, “high-efficiency neighborhoods [to] foster creativity, speed and transparency.”
It will also include more than 15 acres of lakes, along with buildings and natural landscapes designed to align with goals of creating zero waste and operate with 100% renewable energy.
“The new campus will demonstrate locally what we’re committed to globally — promoting positive change in Bentonville and communities across the world,” according to the announcement.
“We are still early in the design phase and can accommodate whatever our future needs are,” Hatfield said.