Dollar General announces the planned addition of three new DG Fresh facilities to support its strategic, multi-phased shift to self-distribution of frozen and refrigerated products such as dairy, deli and other perishable items. As Dollar General works to build the infrastructure to better support customers, the Company is investing in communities across the country and creating new career opportunities. As of May 2020, Dollar General was self-distributing to more than 9,000 stores from six DG Fresh cold storage facilities.
At full capacity, each of the following DG Fresh facilities are expected to create approximately 65 new jobs and support approximately 1,500 stores.
- Ardmore, Oklahoma: Construction is currently scheduled to begin on a 160,000 square foot DG Fresh Ardmore facility in fall 2020, which is expected to provide dual distribution synergies with the Company’s traditional dry facility that opened in Ardmore in 1994. The facility is expected to be complete by spring 2021.
- West Sacramento, California: Dollar General is currently finalizing construction on a 200,000 square foot facility in West Sacramento, California to complement the Company’s west coast distribution operations, which includes its existing Lebec distribution center that opened in 2012. Operations are expected to begin by fall 2020.
- Bowling Green, Kentucky: Construction for a 160,000 square foot DG Fresh Bowling Green facility is expected to begin by early fall 2020 and be completed by summer 2021.
The addition of distribution facilities also provides opportunities for the expansion of Dollar General’s private fleet network. As Dollar General continues to invest in its employees, the Company continues to grow its DG Private Fleet training program, which provides fully-funded, on-the-job training to store and distribution center employees interested in earning their Class A CDL (commercial driver’s license) and joining the Fleet team.
Dollar General also plans to expand its distribution center presence through the anticipated addition of one traditional distribution center in Walton, Kentucky, and combined with the three new DG Fresh cold storage facilities is expected to create 600 new career opportunities.
“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.”
Dollar General 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.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day! by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 16,500 stores in 46 states as of May 1, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.