Dollar General invests in growth plan
Nearly 1,000 Dollar General employees, their families and company executives were joined by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan along with state and local dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening in Janesville, Wis., of the discount retailer’s 14th distribution center.
“Dollar General is excited to celebrate the grand opening of our Janesville distribution center and it is an honor to welcome Speaker Ryan to our facility as well as state and local leaders who supported this project,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We have built a strong team in Janesville, and this new facility strengthens our distribution network and our ability to serve customers. We are delighted to have a strong presence in Wisconsin and look forward to a longstanding partnership with the community as we continue to focus on our mission of Serving Others.”
In April, the Federal Trade Commission approved DG's proposed purchase of 322 former Family Dollar locations in 36 states, including Wisconsin. The transaction is expected to close this month. The store sites are anticipated to be converted to the Dollar General banner by the end of November. The acquisition of these sites is expected to be incremental to the company's 2017 new store growth by approximately 290 new stores over the prior guidance of 1,000 new stores for fiscal 2017.
The Janesville distribution center will serve approximately 800 stores in nine states in the upper Midwest. With the completion of this project and its more than 130 store locations in the state, Dollar General now has more than 1,300 employees in the state of Wisconsin.
Dollar General’s 13 other distribution centers are located in Alachua, Florida; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Bessemer, Alabama; Bethel, Pennsylvania; Fulton, Missouri; Indianola, Mississippi; Jonesville, South Carolina; Lebec, California; Marion, Indiana; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsville, Kentucky; South Boston, Virginia; and Zanesville, Ohio. The company has begun construction on its 15th distribution center in Jackson, Georgia, and is planning for its 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York.
Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017.