The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced today that discount retailer Dollar Tree would build a 1.2-million-square-foot distribution facility in Warrensburg, a projected valued at $110 million. With that, the Virginia-based company says it will create 375 jobs within three years, as up to 200 trucks a day bring in and deliver goods for its stores across the Midwest.
The announcement came in a department news release issued this morning. “Dollar Tree’s decision to grow its business in Missouri is great news for people in Warrensburg,” Gov. Eric Greitens said in the release. “This new distribution center means hundreds of new quality jobs for families. We’re fighting to grow jobs every day, and we’re grateful to Dollar Tree for recognizing that Missouri is open for business and our people are ready to work.”
Dollar Tree is the biggest single-price-point retailer in North America, and last year rose 150 spots on the Fortune 500, from 330 to 180, the department said. The company has more than 14,300 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces, and operates 22 distribution centers.
CEO Bob Sasser said the company had been “very impressed with the business-friendly approach that the State of Missouri, Johnson County and the City of Warrensburg have provided. This project demonstrates our commitment to western Missouri by creating hundreds of jobs in the region. We are proud to become a bigger part of the local community.”
The company expects to begin construction this month and have the distribution center operating in May 2018, contingent upon the approval of local incentives. The new center will be in the Brady Commerce Park on Highway 13.