Monday, February 19, 2018

Dollar General breaks ground on Longview distribution center

From staff reports
Feb. 9, 2018 at 1:41 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2018 at 2:20 p.m.

Construction of a Dollar General distribution center, on Friday February 9, 2018, at the North Business Park. (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

Construction has started on a Dollar General distribution center in Longview's North Business Park.

The facility is expected to create about 400 new jobs at full capacity as well as temporary construction positions to build the 1 million-square-foot facility.

"Dollar General is excited to expand our supply chain and distribution operations in the Lone Star state with today's announcement," Todd Vasos, Dollar General's chief executive officer, said Friday. "This facility is expected to support Dollar General's growing store count in Texas, where we already operate more than 1,400 current locations and have complementary operations in San Antonio."

The Tennessee company has said it will spend more than $70 million in capital investment to build the 110-acre campus at the North Business Park at the southeast corner of George Richey Road and McCann Road.

The Longview Economic Development Corp. estimates an economic infusion from the project reaching $700 million during the next 25 years.

Dollar General intends to open its warehouse by spring 2019 with at least 100 full-time workers, and it has agreed to increase employment annually to reach 400 mostly local workers by 2022.

Warehouse payroll could reach $62 million, with yearly salaries averaging somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000, officials have said.

If Dollar General meets its employment marks, it will pay no property taxes to the city or to Gregg County for 10 years and will pay 25 percent of its inventory tax bill for 25 years.

The city of Longview waived $167,000 in permit fees and multiple zoning requirements, and LEDCO loaned the company $7.5 million including the value of the property at the North Business Park.

Dollar General selected Clayco as the project's general contractor, Leo A. Daly as the architectural engineering firm and Elan Design as the civil engineering firm.

Dollar General operates approximately 1,400 stores with more than 12,000 employees in Texas.



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