The new facilities represent a $480 million investment
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General plans to add three new distribution centers to its network.
The new facilities will be located in North Little Rock, Ark., Aurora, Colo., and Salem, Ore. Collectively they represent a $480 million investment and will create up to 1,100 jobs when they are all up to full capacity.
“We look forward to breaking ground on these new projects, which will help us not only better serve our customers and communities, but also combine efficiencies of our DG Fresh and traditional supply chains,” said Tony Zuazo, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain. “We are fortunate to have created constructive relationships with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Oregon Governor Kate Brown and their teams who understand the positive economic and labor benefits DG can bring when we invest in their local communities.”
At full capacity, Aurora and Salem facilities are each expected to create approximately 400 new jobs, and the North Little Rock facility is expected to create 300.
Dollar General says that the North Little Rock and Salem distribution centers are expected to add to the company’s growing number of dual facilities, which combine the capabilities of ambient and DG Fresh supply chain networks. (The Aurora facility will provide traditional functionalities.) Dollar General’s first ground-up dual distribution facility is currently under construction in Blair, Neb. The company has also added DG Fresh capabilities to existing distribution centers Ardmore, Okla., and Zanesville, Ohio.
The North Little Rock dual distribution center facility represents an approximate $140 million investment in Pulaski County, and construction is currently slated to begin by fall with a late 2023 planned completion date. Management hiring is expected to begin in spring 2023 with warehouse team member recruitment currently scheduled to begin in fall 2023. Dollar General currently employs more than 4,300 Arkansas residents, having opened its first store in the state in 1975.
“With more than 18,000 stores across the U.S. and 500 stores in Arkansas, Dollar General supplies millions with easy access to affordable, everyday necessities,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “Dollar General’s choice of North Little Rock as the site for a new distribution center is more testimony to the strength of the relationships we have built nationally and our reputation as a business-friendly state.”
Dollar General said it plans to invest approximately $172 million in Aurora, Colo., on the Arapahoe County facility. The company opened its first Colorado store 16 years ago in 2002 in Poinsett County and currently employs approximately 600 in the state. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in late summer, with a late 2023 completion date. Management hiring is expected to begin in late spring 2023 with warehouse hiring to begin in fall 2023.
“Colorado continues to thrive and attract new business growth as our economy gets even stronger, so we are delighted that 400 new jobs are coming to Aurora through this expansion to help keep food and other everyday items on shelves and in stock for Coloradans,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
The new Salem, Ore., dual distribution center will be located in Marion County and represents an approximate $168 million investment in the Pacific Northwest. Dollar General currently employs approximately 750 people in Oregon through more than 80 stores. The company currently expects to close on the Salem distribution center property in August and begin construction by fall.
DG Private Fleet Expansion
The planned new distribution facilities also enable the continued growth of DG Private Fleet, bringing new jobs to the communities in which Dollar General operates, and the ability to efficiently deliver goods to customers. The Company currently plans for the DG Private Fleet to represent 40% of its drivers by the end of the current fiscal year. Since its inception in 2016, DG Private Fleet has grown to approximately 950 tractors and drivers and 25 private fleet sites.