Budget shopping chain Dollar General on Wednesday announced the opening of its large, new cold storage distribution center in Montgomery.
The 450,000 square foot facility is the product of a $26 million investment for the company and will support around 65 new jobs in the River Region.
The Montgomery facility is cold storage, meaning it is designed to store goods that must be kept chilled like milk and deli products.
“Welcome to Montgomery Dollar General, thank you for investing in our state and in our people,” said Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday during a digital event celebrating the facility being opened.
“We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support from both state and local officials who helped make this project happen,” remarked Rod West, Dollar General’s vice president of perishables growth and development.
The low-cost retailer opened its first store in Alabama in 1965 and now has around 800 retail locations in the Yellowhammer State.
“Dollar General is a trusted company with a long history in Alabama,” said Elton Dean, Montgomery County Commission chairman, in a statement on Monday.
“The River Region has a lot to offer, and we are thrilled that this esteemed organization, that does business across the country, recognizes that,” Dean added.
Dollar General also has a traditional distribution center in Bessemer and claims to employ approximately 8,100 Alabamians in total.
Montgomery’s new distribution center is located on Mobile Highway, around 15 minutes southwest of downtown.
“We welcome Dollar General and look forward to years of partnership and progress to come,” commented Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed on Wednesday,
The company says it will support around 1,500 stores in surrounding areas and help spur the “DG Fresh” initiative “which is a strategic multi-phased shift to self-distribution of frozen and refrigerated goods such as dairy, deli and frozen products” according to a release.
“We are confident that Dollar General recognized our strong workforce and business-friendly environment when choosing a location for this facility. We are excited to welcome Dollar General and countless companies to come, to grow in Montgomery,” concluded Arthur DuCote, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce chairman.
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