POTTSVILLE — Dollar General Corp., which desires to operate a new store in Shamokin, has acquired a new cold storage facility in Highridge Business Park, off Interstate 81, in Schuylkill County.

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that the project is expected to support the creation of 100 full-time jobs over the next three years. He applauded the company for expanding its operation in Pennsylvania and for bringing “significant” investments and jobs into the area.

Dollar General’s expansion in Schuylkill County is part of the company’s new initiative toward a strategic shift to the self-distribution of perishable goods sold in its stores. The cold storage facility distributes to about 300 stores in the Northeast.

The project includes the company’s purchase of a 148,000-square-foot building.

“Dollar General is excited to expand in Pennsylvania through the collaboration with Gov. Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED),” Mike Kindy, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain, was quoted in a press release. “As Dollar General embarks on our DG Fresh initiative, we sincerely appreciate the partnership from state and local leaders on this project and look forward to a longstanding presence throughout Pennsylvania.”

Dollar General received a funding proposal from DCED, which included $200,000 in job-creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs and a $45,000 workforce development grant to help the company train employees.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. Additional coordination was provided by Schuylkill County Economic Development Corp.

Dollar General operates a distribution center in Berks County and about 745 stores in Pennsylvania, employing more than 6,500 individuals throughout the Keystone State.

Founded in 1939, Dollar General operates more than 15,400 stores in 44 states, which provide everyday items including food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, family apparel, housewares, seasonal items, paper products and more from trusted brands and products, along with Dollar General’s high-quality private brands.

There are six Dollar Generals owned and operated by various parties within a 15-mile radius of Shamokin, including a store at 30 E. Independence St. Other stores are at state Route 61 in the Anthra Plaza in Coal Township, 174 S. Market St. in Elysburg, 853 Trevorton Road in Zerbe Township, 2443 Route 61 in Rockefeller Township and 240 S. Market St. in Mount Carmel.

Shamokin City Council unanimously approved on Sept. 10 the sale of the city-owned parking lot at 5-7 W. Independence St. for $101,000 to GBT Realty Corp., which has built various storefronts for Dollar General.

In January, Bob Gage, senior vice president of net lease development for the company, made a presentation to the city’s planning commission, which then approved preliminary plans for a new store near the northwest corner of Independence and Eighth streets.

A preliminary design called for a 9,100 square-foot building measuring about 130 feet along Eighth Street and 70 feet along Independence Street. There will be a dozen 9-by-20 foot parking stalls and two handicap parking stalls abutting Eighth Street.

The stalls will be diagonal and will not have meters, since they will be on private property.

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