Dollar General opens first-of-its-kind distribution center

Dan Berthiaume
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Dollar General celebrates the opening of its new distribution center (Photo: Business Wire).

Dollar General is expanding its supply chain infrastructure with a new type of facility.

The discount retailer is opening a new distribution center in Blair, Neb. The center is the company’s first dual facility, designed to combine the efficiencies of traditional and DG Fresh supply chain functionalities.

Dollar General invested approximately $140 million in the roughly one-million-square-foot facility, which is is expected to create more than 400 new jobs and support more than 1,000 DG stores at full capacity. Currently, Dollar General says it employs more than 1,700 Nebraskans across its stores and distribution facilities in the state.

“Today’s celebration not only marks another growth milestone for our global supply chain teams, but also reflects our continued investments in Nebraska,” said Jeff Owen, Dollar General CEO. “On behalf of the entire Dollar General team, we are grateful for continued partnerships and support from state, regional and local teams. We are confident this project will enable us to better serve our customers, provide our employees with career opportunities and foster a longstanding, positive relationship with the Blair community.”

Dollar General builds out supply chain network

Including the Blair, Neb. facility (originally announced in May 2023), the discount retailer is opening three new distribution centers in locations across the Midwest and South, and also plans to expand existing facilities in in Jonesville, S.C. and Amsterdam, N.Y.

The company recently increased distribution center storage capacity by more than two million square feet through two new permanent regional facilities in Newnan, Ga. and Fort Worth, Tex. Each facility will employ approximately 200 individuals at full capacity and serve as an intermediary point between import locations and Dollar General’s distribution center network.

Dollar General is also expanding capacity of two existing supply chain hubs:

Jonesville, S.C.

Dollar General has made an approximately $45 million expansion investment in its Jonesville, S.C. distribution center, which first opened in 2005. The company completed the 250,000-sq.-ft. addition in spring 2023.

Amsterdam, N.Y.

Dollar General plans to build a 170,000-sq.-ft. DG Fresh facility to complement a traditional distribution center that opened in Amsterdam in 2019. The company currently plans to close on the property by fall 2023 and begin construction in 2024.

Dollar General is also currently under construction on three recently announced distribution centers in North Little Rock, Ark.; Aurora, Colo.; and Salem, Ore.

As of May 5, 2023, Dollar General Corp. operated 19,294 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and Popshelf stores across the U.S. and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico.