Dollar General will expand its operations by adding a distribution center in Walton and a DG Fresh cold storage facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Walton distribution facility is expected to serve as Dollar General’s 18th traditional distribution center. At full capacity the 630,000 square foot facility is expected to employ 250 associates and serve 800 stores. Representing an approximately $65 million investment in Boone County, Kentucky, construction is expected to begin by September 2020 with operations scheduled to begin in January 2021. The Walton complex is also expected to create an additional 50 DG Private Fleet positions.
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and the City of Walton worked together to bring the project to Northern Kentucky. “Dollar General is an excellent addition to the Northern Kentucky business community. We know the company is a great corporate citizen and this is a long-term investment bringing new jobs into Boone County,” said Lee Crume, President & CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “We appreciate the support this new distribution center received from the City of Walton and the cooperation we received on the project from Boone County.”
Dollar General also plans to locate one of its DG Fresh facilities in Bowling Green to support its strategic, multi-phased shift to self-distribution of frozen and refrigerated products such as dairy, deli and frozen products. Construction of a 160,000 square foot DG Fresh hub in Bowling Green is expected to begin by early fall 2020 and be completed by summer 2021.
“Dollar General’s supply chain network plays a critical role in ensuring the products customers need and want are delivered to our nearly 17,000 stores in a timely and consistent manner. The addition of these facilities continues to drive efficiency and service through our exceptional supply chain network,” said Mike Kindy, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain. “We are grateful for the continued partnerships with state and local leaders in each of these communities.”
At full capacity each of Dollar General’s DG Fresh facilities is expected to create approximately 65 new jobs and support approximately 1,500 regional stores. Dollar General said it takes a number of factors into consideration when choosing sites for its distribution centers and cold storage facilities, including proximities to Dollar General stores, local business environments and local workforces, among others.
Dollar General originated in Kentucky as a wholesale venture more than 80 years ago in 1939 and opened the first Dollar General store in Springfield, Kentucky in 1955 and its first distribution center in Scottsville in 1959. Today, Dollar General currently operates more than 580 stores in the Bluegrass State and employs more than 5,600 Kentuckians.