Dollar General is planning to build three 1 million-square-foot distribution centers in an approximately $480 million combined investment to support the growing DG Private Fleet presence. At full capacity, the facilities, to be located in North Little Rock, Ark.; Aurora, Colo.; and Salem, Ore., will create up to 1,100 jobs..
The North Little Rock DC represents a $140 million investment, and it will serve as a dual facility capable of supporting the perishables-focused DG Fresh supply chain network in addition to traditional functionalities. The Salem facility, which represents a $168 million investment, also will serve as a dual facility while the $172 million Aurora facility will be a traditional distribution center.
The Aurora and Salem facilities are each expected to create approximately 400 new jobs and North Little Rock is expected to create 300. The combined facilities also will enable additional DG Private Fleet jobs as the retailer’s in-house supply chain capabilities expand. Dollar General plans for the DG Private Fleet to account for 40% of all its drivers by early 2023.
“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, EVP of Global Supply Chain at Dollar General in a statement.
The new facilities will help Dollar General achieve its goal of creating 10,000 net new jobs in 2022. The chain also is planning more than 1,000 new store openings, including 100 new pOpshelf locations, 1,750 store remodels and 100 store relocations.
The remodels may be part of a plan to roll out 200 completely self-checkout stores this year. Dollar General already has self-checkout kiosks in 8,000 of its 18,000 stores and plans to increase that number to 11,000 by the end of 2022. The self-checkout option reduces store workload to improve efficiency for associates, according to COO Jeff Owen.