When the Amazon distribution center was announced, then-North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith promised more was coming.
That promise was officially fulfilled on Monday night when the North Little Rock City Council signed off on a $140 million bond issue that would bring a Dollar General distribution center that would be located off the Galloway exit and near the new Amazon facility.
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Codenamed “Project Cedar” the distribution center is expected to employ close to 400 people and a public meeting will be held on Jan. 10 on the bonds. Jobs are expected to start at more than $10 an hour and supervisors can make as much as $31.
According to the company website, Dollar General has 28 distribution centers scattered across the country with most in the southeast and midwest. There’s currently none in Arkansas and the closest to the state are in Indianola, Mississippi and Longview, Texas.
Dollar General now has more than 16,000 stores across the country as the company has been pursuing a rapid-growth strategy with more than three dozen locations in Pulaski County as it seems every crossroads now has the familiar yellow and black signage.