The Flint Water Plant in Michigan will be the first Walmart store to open in the US to cater to the city’s rapidly growing population.
“We will offer more than just groceries, we’ll offer more specialty and specialty products that are not available anywhere else in America,” Walmart vice president of global retail strategy Tom D’Agostino said.
A $5.9 billion sale deal has been struck between the two companies, which will bring about 4,000 jobs to Flint.
The deal will allow Walmart to open its largest U.S. store in a city where more than two million residents live in poverty, according to the Detroit News.
As the city is struggling with lead poisoning, the move is also a sign that Walmart is committed to helping Flint, according Wal-Mart spokesperson Jessica Wright.
Walmart’s decision comes as the U.N. is calling for an emergency meeting to discuss the potential for further chemical poisoning in Flint.