Wal-Mart Also Needs a New HQ, But Don’t Bother Lobbying for It

As Amazon.com Inc. grabs headlines with its nationwide search for HQ2, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is quietly moving a couple blocks down.

Citing its current “patchwork” of corporate offices that sprouted up across northwest Arkansas “without a holistic long-term plan,” Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon announced plans for a new corporate campus on J Street in the company’s hometown of Bentonville. The headquarters, which will be built over five to seven years, will bring most of the area’s Wal-Mart employees to one work site.

Wal-Mart sees the new development helping attract talent with improved parking, meal services, fitness and access to the local trail network. Facilities now are expensive to maintain and inefficient and “literally encourage us to work in silos” while incurring wasted travel time, McMillon said.

And in a nod to the company’s current cavernous home base, McMillon acknowledged the new campus will feature “natural light — yes, natural light.”

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