Dollar General’s Distribution Center: Design and Build

August 23, 2022

Night time view of distribution center

NTI secured the design for Dollar General’s Distribution Center in Blair, NE because of Dollar General’s long term relationship with our parent company ASD, Inc.

For 24 years, NTI has specialized in the design of low voltage structured cabling systems, security systems and audio visual systems, and we were excited to be part of the design team for the impressive new distribution center.  

Overview of the Dollar General Distribution Center

The new Blair, NE distribution center is a  dual distribution center.  That is, it includes both dry goods and cold storage. It is designed specifically to assure the functionality and efficiency that Dollar General desires for all their dry goods and cold storage products. The facility will serve approximately 1,500 Dollar General stores across the U.S. Midwest. 

Available Products in the Warehouse 

In addition to traditional Dollar General store products, the warehouse will support DG Fresh, Dollar General's initiative to distribute refrigerated and frozen products. In 2021, Dollar General doubled the number of stores with fresh produce from 1,000 to 2,000. They plan to add approximately 1,000 additional stores in 2022. The distribution center will also support  pOpshelf ® - Dollar General's new suburban store. Dollar General has plans to open nearly 1,000 pOpshelf stores by the end of fiscal year 2025. 

pOpshelf store

We have designed previous distribution centers, from a 45,000 sf warehouse to those with hundreds of thousand square feet. For example, we were the technology consultant for the Rent the Runway warehouse in Arlington, TX. The Dollar General project, NTI’s most recent project in the industrial space, stands alone as NTI’s largest distribution center to date with over 1,000,000 GSF under roof.

NTI’s Design Role

Dollar General’s Distribution Center in Blair, NE was NTI’s first project with the company known for their hassle-free and affordable shopping in over 18,000 convenient, easy-to-shop stores located in 47 states.   

NTI designed the complete structured cabling system, the security systems, and all audio visual (AV) systems to accommodate the specific client requirements. Our design included a robust wireless infrastructure, a fiber optic cabling system, sound system (speakers throughout), a paging system, CCTV cameras, access control system, and an audio visual package specifically designed for this new distribution center.

Dollar General Converyer belt picture

ASD’s Build Role

2022 marks the 12th Year that Dollar General has been an ASD Client. During this time ASD has performed the Low-Voltage Installation for over 7,000 new Dollar General stores!

ASD's Low-Voltage Scope of Work for Dollar General’s Distribution Center in Blair, NE  includes:
  • Structured cabling and fiber optic cabling - MDF room, 21 IDF locations.
  • Paging System
  • Wireless System
  • CCTV Camera System
  • Access Control System
  • Audio Visual Package

ASD was excited to have been selected for the impressive project which given the size and scope has an aggressive 4-Month Low-Voltage Installation Schedule.  

In 2019 ASD began performing the Low-Voltage Installations for "New & Existing" Dollar General Distribution Centers. Since then ASD has completed the Low-Voltage Installations at 19 Dollar General sites.

Dollar General Conveyer belt

Dollar General’s Perspective

Per their website, the Dollar General mission is to provide value products to serve their customers, employees, and communities better in order to promote growth. When announcing the new distribution center, Mike Kindy, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain said, “we are excited for the addition of our first-ever, ground-up dual distribution center, which is to be built in Blair, and look forward to expanding our mission of Serving Others in the Midwest.”  

We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with Dollar General on this impressive new facility.

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