LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Dollar General held a tour of its 1-million-square-foot distribution center Friday in Longview. If you need help imagining just how big that is, spokesperson Crystal Ghassemi told us it’s enough room for 23 football fields.
The distribution center has been operating since January at 3300 E. George Richey Road. It’s Dollar General’s 16th distribution center and it serves about 1,000 stores throughout the southeast, mainly in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
”For the area it provides a lot of positive economic impact.We have created about 400 jobs at full capacity. We have been able to bring a lot of opportunities to the area. Not only through the distribution center itself but through the private fleet program we have in Longview as well," Ghassemi said.
A grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speakers include Dollar General executives, Longview Mayor Andy Mack, Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt, President and CEO of LEDCO Wayne Mansfield, and Betty Russo, the Regional Representative for Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.
Dollar General is also donating $10,000 to Johnston-McQueen Elementary School in Longview.
“This is where we will be able to receive the products that come into our distribution center from brands across the country. You think products like Proctor and Gramble, Kimberly Clark our own private brands. All of the product is going to be coming in here from the inbound side," Ghassemi said. “I think we got a real state-of-the-art facility. It’s beautiful, it’s a great presence in the Longview community.”