Walmart is planning to expand its tomato greenhouse at its suburban shopping center in Walworth, Texas, to produce up to 1 million tons of lettuce and 1.3 million pounds of other produce per year.
The expansion will help Walmart grow its lettuce business by 25 percent in the first year, the company said in a statement.
Walmart also plans to build another greenhouse on the site, a project that could generate up to 10 million pounds per year, according to the company.
The expansion could help Walmart sell its lettuce to restaurants and grocery stores as well as the food service industry, according an internal company memo.
The Walworth facility has been in use for more than a decade and Walmart’s current facility is used by a food service company, according a Walworth spokesperson.
The company is using the existing building to grow lettuce at its headquarters and also has a plant on site to process lettuce from its grocery stores.
The company also is exploring other possibilities for expanding its lettuce operations, such as the building could be converted into a greenhouse for produce from other nearby farmers and other suppliers, the spokesperson said.
Walworth is the largest U.S. grocery store, with more than 400 stores, according the company’s website.