MARIETTA — Dollar Tree on Thursday announced plans to expand its distribution center here to 1 million square feet and hire an additional 100 full-time employees.
The facility is currently just over 600,000-square-feet and distributes to stores across 11 states, Dollar Tree said. Construction of the $25 million addition is expected to begin next month and be complete by the fall.
Timothy Reid, vice president of investor relations for Dollar Tree, said the expansion is needed to support the company's growth. The distribution center is one of nine Dollar Tree operates.
Dollar Tree opened the Marietta facility in 2003, choosing small-town Oklahoma over Texas because of the state's tax incentives, available work force and business-friendly climate. The center was designed with future expansion in mind.
The company offers “competitive” pay plus benefits, and will be hiring managers and hourly associates, Dollar Tree said. Interested applicants can apply at the facility.
Workers are attracted from surrounding areas like Ardmore and Gainesville, Texas, said Wes Stucky, president of the Ardmore Development Authority, which is coordinating construction on the project, as it did for the original facility.
“In Love County, it's Dollar Tree and WinStar (World) Casino. Other than that, it's slimmer pickings,” he said.
Dollar Tree operates more than 4,600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including 52 in Oklahoma.