Dollar General will contribute to economic growth in Georgia through job creation that will result from the company’s new distribution center.
Land in Jackson, Ga. has been purchased by Dollar General Corp. to serve as the location for the company’s new distribution center. The land is located in both Butts and Spalding counties, and the new center will be the 15th facility in the retailer’s growing distribution network.
At full capacity, the approximately one million square-foot Dollar General facility in Jackson, Ga. is expected to employ more than 500 people to serve stores in Georgia and surrounding states. The project represents a capital investment of approximately $85 million. The company plans to begin construction on the project as early as summer 2016 with an estimated completion scheduled for summer/fall 2017, depending upon the timing of receipt of all required governmental permits and development approvals and the absence of unforeseen circumstances.
“This state-of-the-art distribution center will help support our rapid store growth throughout Georgia and the southeast,” said Todd Vasos, CEO of Dollar General. “I want to thank the leadership in Butts and Spalding counties, as well as Georgia governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for their support and assistance on this project. It is exciting to see our business continuing to grow and create new jobs across the country.”
The project will be a catalyst for economic development in the region by creating the estimated 500 jobs needed to run the distribution center and hundreds more temporary jobs necessary for the construction of the facility.
“Dollar General’s decision to build a fulfillment center here in Georgia is a direct reflection of the high quality of our workforce and Georgia’s strategic location for accessing the Southeastern market,” said governor Deal. “Georgia is perfectly positioned to support this fulfillment center and Dollar General will benefit from building in the number one state in which to do business.”
“We appreciate the collaboration among everyone who has helped bring Dollar General to Butts and Spalding Counties. We’re glad to welcome a wonderful company and look forward to helping them be successful in our community,” said Butts County Board of Commissioners chairman Keith Douglas.
“Due to the substantial number of jobs being created, this project will have a meaningful impact on our area in terms of new employment opportunities,” said Griffin-Spalding Development Authority chairman Chuck Copeland. “The cooperation of our Spalding County leadership and the Butts County Commissioners and their Development Authority, as well as the expertise of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, have been key elements to the success of this project.”
“Dollar General’s decision to locate in Butts and Spalding Counties speaks volumes to the culture of collaboration that exists for business in Georgia,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development commissioner Chris Carr. “We would like to congratulate everyone involved in this project, and we look forward to supporting Dollar General in its future growth in Georgia.”
The new distribution center is expected to service more than 1,000 stores in the southeast. Dollar General currently has more than 700 stores and over 5,000 employees in Georgia. Dollar General’s 14 other distribution centers are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.