Dollar General Corp.’s supply chain network expansion will add roughly 800 jobs at the get-go.
The company opened its first dual facility in Blair, Neb., and two permanent regional distribution hubs in Newnan, Ga. and Fort Worth, Texas. It plans to expand existing facilities in Jonesville, S.C. and Amsterdam, N.Y.
“The recent additions to our supply chain network aim to provide greater efficiencies, create additional jobs and drive positive economic impact,” said Tony Zuazo, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain.
The new facilities in Nebraska, Georgia and Texas are expected to add at least 800 jobs when they’re running at full capacity. The Nebraska distribution center represents a $140 million investment and is expected to open this summer.
Each of the two permanent facilities in Georgia and Texas, which will add more than 2 million square feet of storage capacity, will employ about 200 at full capacity. These regional facilities will serve as an intermediary between import locations and the retailer’s distribution center network.
Separately, Dollar General said it invested $45 million to expand its South Carolina DC through a 250,000 square foot addition completed this spring. Next up is the construction of a 170,000 square foot DG Fresh facility in Amsterdam to complement an existing DC. Dollar General expects to close on the property this fall and begin construction in 2024. Other projects under construction are three new DCs in North Little Rock, Ark., Aurora, Colo., and Salem, Ore.
While Dollar General is creating jobs, others such as Saks.com, Nordstrom Inc. and Gap Inc are pink-slipping employees.
The dollar-store operator reported a 10.3 percent gain in fourth-quarter net income to $659.1 million, or $2.96 a diluted share, on a 17.9 percent rise in net sales to $10.20 billion. This year it plans to open 1,050 new stores, remodel 2,000 and relocate 120. As of March 3, it operated 19,147 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and POPshelf stores across the U.S. and Mi Súper Dollar General doors in Mexico.
The company is set to report first quarter results on June 1.
Dollar General has been under fire lately for violating federal workplace safety regulations. And the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued it more than $15 million in fines since 2017. It’s not the only retailer that OSHA has targeted. Last June, agency investigators at a T.J. Maxx store in Pooler, Ga. found that unsafely stacked merchandise exposed workers to harm from falling boxes. And in January, OSHA fined Amazon more than $60,269 for general warehouse safety violations and for failing to record some warehouse injuries.