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Dollar General celebrates Longview distribution center opening

BY DSN STAFF

Dollar General has officially opened the doors to its 16th distribution center.

Located in Longview, Texas, the facility is expected to employ more than 400 people and support approximately 1,000 of the retailer’s locations, the company said.

“Dollar General’s investment in Longview is the exactly the type of project we look for — a good company bringing hundreds of quality jobs and making itself a valuable partner for our city, county and region,” Longview’s Mayor Andy Mack said. “This is the reason we’ve built business parks. This is the reason we’ve invested in our roads, water and other infrastructure. For companies like Dollar General, my message is simple. Longview is open for business.”

The retailer partnered with Clayco as the project’s general contractor, Leo A. Daly as the architectural engineering firm and Elan Design as the civil engineering firm to design the facility.

“Today marks another growth milestone for Dollar General in the great state of Texas as we celebrate the grand opening of our Longview distribution center alongside employees, their families and local and state officials,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO said. “We are proud to have a partnership with the state of Texas spanning more than four decades after opening our first store in the state in 1977. We are tremendously thankful for the support from Governor Greg Abbott, Longview Mayor Andy Mack, Judge Bill Stoudt and the Longview Economic and Community Development throughout the progression of this project. We look forward to being a longstanding business partner in the Longview community.”

In the state of Texas, Dollar General now has two distribution centers within the state and approximately employs more than 13,000 residents, the company said.

“The Texas economy continues to thrive because of investments like this one from Dollar General,” Governor Greg Abbott said. “With the opening of its second distribution center in Texas, Dollar General is creating hundreds of new jobs in Longview and growing its already expansive footprint in the Lone Star State. The state of Texas is grateful for this partnership and will continue to foster an economic environment that allows Texas employers and workers to flourish.”

In addition to opening the location, the retailer also presented a $10,000 donation to the Johnson McQueen Elementary School to support local literacy and education initiatives.

“The main theme of Dollar General’s mission statement is Serving Others. That same spirit is shared by the citizens of Longview and East Texas and that will ensure the success of this project for Dollar General and Longview for many years to come,” Wayne Mansfield, president and CEO of the Longview Economic Development Corporation said. “The impact of the project goes beyond just the economics. It also touches the intrinsic values that are commonly displayed by our citizens and Dollar General. We are proud to welcome Dollar General to our community and to our family.”

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