Walmart is hiring an additional 1,500 workers in its retail store locations as part of its expansion into the nation’s largest grocery store chain.

    The company said Tuesday it’s adding 5,000 jobs, a 20 percent increase from the 2,700 jobs it added in December.

    Walmart will also begin hiring workers in other departments, such as sales, logistics, customer service and supply chain.

    Walmart is seeking applicants to fill the jobs in its U.S. retail store stores and in its Canadian outlet stores, where the chain operates about 6,000 stores.

    The chain said it has hired 4,000 people over the past 12 months to fill vacant positions in its Canada-based stores and to support the company’s expansion into its U,S.

    store stores.

    The chain added 3,000 new jobs in January and April.

    The expansion has helped Walmart’s bottom line increase from $4.6 billion in 2016 to $9.3 billion in 2019.

    The company said it expects its U-store sales to increase 5.5 percent to $14.4 billion in 2021.

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