Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General plans to open a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center in North Little Rock, Ark., in April, according to a local news outlet. Expected to create
300 jobs, the $140 million facility will store both fresh and non-perishable items. Similar distribution centers are reportedly underway in Oregon and Denver as well.
Executives say the facilities will help Dollar General meet its goal to sell fresh fruit and vegetables in as many as 10,000 locations nationwide, including economically dis- advantaged urban neighborhoods and rural areas that lack access to fresh produce. By January 2024, the chain expects to offer fresh fruit and vegetables in 5,000 stores, giving it more points of produce distribution than any other mass retailer or grocer in the U.S, according to CEO Jeff Owen.