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Dollar General supports growth with new facility

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dollar General is opening its 16th distribution center.

The dollar store retailer’s latest distribution center is now open in Longview, Texas. At full capacity, the facility is expected to employ more than 400 people and support approximately 1,000 Dollar General stores.

Dollar General’s now operates two distribution centers and more than 1,500 stores in Texas, employing more than 13,000 people in the state. The company announced plans to open its new Texas distribution center in December 2017, and began shipping from the Longview facility in early 2019.

“Today marks another growth milestone for Dollar General in the great state of Texas as we celebrate the grand opening of our Longview distribution center alongside employees, their families and local and state officials,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General CEO. “We are proud to have a partnership with the state of Texas spanning more than four decades after opening our first store in the state in 1977. We look forward to being a longstanding business partner in the Longview community.”

The retailer is opening its new facility in Longview, and is also currently under construction on a 17th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York, as it embarks on an aggressive growth strategy. In addition to opening 975 stores, Dollar General also intends to remodel 1,000 locations and relocate 100 stores this fiscal year. The dollar store retailer’s most recent first-quarter results topped Wall Street estimates for earnings per share and net sales.

Dollar General partnered with Clayco as the project’s official general contractor, Leo A. Daly as the architectural engineering firm and Elan Design as the civil engineering firm to design and build the one-million square foot facility.

Dollar General’s 15 additional distribution centers are located in Alachua, Florida; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Bessemer, Alabama; Bethel, Pennsylvania; Fulton, Missouri; Indianola, Mississippi; Jackson, Georgia; Janesville, Wisconsin; Jonesville, South Carolina; Lebec, California; Marion, Indiana; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsville, Kentucky; South Boston, Virginia; and Zanesville, Ohio.

Dollar General operated 15,597 stores in 44 states as of May 3, 2019.

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