SUPPLY CHAIN

Dick’s to build new Arizona DC to support Western growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pittsburgh — Dick’s Sporting Goods said Tuesday that it will build a new distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., that will service the western United States. The new DC, which is expected to bring approximately 120 jobs to the area, is slated to open in early 2013.

The distribution center will be designed to ultimately support approximately 160 stores as Dick’s Sporting Goods grows its store base in the western United States over the next five to 10 years and is eventually expected to employ up to 300 associates.

The new DC will span 600,000 sq. ft. and stretch across more than 50 acres. Construction on the approximately $40 million distribution center is scheduled to start in December. Dick’s is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environment Design for the facility with plans to incorporate sustainable components such as high-efficiency lighting and HVAC, recycled and environmentally-friendly construction materials, energy management systems and recycling programs for corrugate and plastics.

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Save-A-Lot opens DC in North Carolina

BY Staff Writer

St. Louis — Grocer Save-A-Lot, a subsidiary of SuperValu, said Tuesday it will open a 330,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Lexington, N.C., on Nov. 30.

The $24 million project is designed to support Save-A-Lot’s growth in region.

The new DC will employ 35 employees initially and is a collaboration with the state of North Carolina and its One North Carolina Fund, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Davidson County and the City of Lexington.

Save-A-Lot operates nearly 1,300 stores in 39 states and has identified plans to expand the number to 2,400 in the coming years. Currently, there are nearly 30 Save-A-Lot stores in North Carolina, including one in Lexington. The company plans to open an additional three stores in the state by March 2012. The new distribution center will help support the company’s growth plans in North Carolina and surrounding states, which the company has identified as a key region for its growth. Initially, it will service more than 70 stores within a 150-mile radius.

The new distribution center features the latest in green, energy-saving technologies, including lights that only operate when a person is present and an HVAC system with smart thermostats.

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Finish Line chief administrative officer to retire

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Indianapolis — The Finish Line said Tuesday that its chief administrative officer and corporate secretary Gary D. Cohen, will retire from the company effective March 29, 2012.

Cohen will step down effective December 1, but will remain with the company during a transition period ending March 29, 2012.

Cohen, 59, has been with Finish Line since 1997, first serving as general counsel and later in his current role.

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