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Dollar General building in Nebraska

Combination dry and fresh distribution centre will be built in Blair, Nebraska

November 12, 2020

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tennessee – Dollar General plans to build a combination dry and DG Fresh distribution centre in Blair, Nebraska.

The 800,000-square-foot facility will support more than 1,500 stores in the U.S. Midwest. Construction is scheduled to begin next month with completion currently slated for early 2022.

The dual facility will represent the first combination building constructed will include approximately 650,000 square feet of dry goods and approximately 150,000 square feet of DG fresh items.

The US$85 million investment in Washington County is expected to create approximately 400 jobs. Dollar General opened its first store in Nebraska in 1992 and currently employs approximately 1,100 Nebraskans at more than 130 stores.

Throughout the U.S., Dollar General operates 17 dry distribution centres and eight DG Fresh facilities. It is also currently expanding traditional dry distribution centres in Ardmore, Oklahoma (built in 1994) and Zanesville, Ohio (built in 2001) to provide DG Fresh distribution capabilities.

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Dollar General takes a number of factors into consideration when choosing sites for its distribution centres and cold storage facilities, including proximity to DG stores, local business environments and local labour availability, among many others.

“We’re proud to welcome the first ground-up dual-distribution site for America’s general store to Blair. Dollar General’s commitment to community is a perfect fit for this region, and Washington County, regional leaders and Dollar General have worked together tirelessly to bring this exciting project forward,” said Mike Rooks, director of Washington County Economic Development.

“Dollar General’s new 85-acre site will be a terrific addition to our local landscape, and we’re excited to send our best workers to fill the more than 400 jobs this outstanding project will create.”

Dollar General also plans to expand its DG Private Fleet presence at the Blair facility. Distribution centre employees are able to take advantage of the company’s fleet training program, which provides on-the-job training at no expense to employees interested in earning their Class A CDL (commercial driver’s license).