WALTON, Ky. — Dollar General recently announced a $65 million expansion of its distribution center in Walton, Ky. which will come with 250 jobs.
Dollar General also announced three DG Fresh cold storage facilities in Bowling Green, Ky., Ardmore, Okla. and West Sacramento, Calif. In total, the addition of these new 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.
Walton is expected to serve as Dollar General’s 18th traditional distribution center, and at full capacity, the 630,000 s.f. facility is expected to employ 250 people and serve 800 stores. Representing an approximately $65 million investment in Boone County, Ky., construction is expected to begin by September 2020 with operations scheduled to begin in January 2021.
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.”
“The city of Walton welcomes Dollar General to our community,” said Walton Mayor Gabe Brown. “Through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the company is a great community partner. We feel they are a valuable addition and will benefit Walton and our school district. We appreciate the significant investment the company is making in Northern Kentucky and the 250 jobs that will be created at its newest distribution center. We look forward to celebrating a grand opening of the 630,000 square foot facility that will help Dollar General better serve its customers.”
Walton is also expected to create an additional 50 DG Private Fleet positions.
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, Ky. 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.