FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2017
For more information, contact:
Aimee Courtaway, JCEDC
Phone: (660) 747-0244
COMMUNITY LEADERS WORK TOGETHER TO BRING DISTRIBUTION CENTER, JOBS TO JOHNSON COUNTY/WARRENSBURG
After years of preparation and months of collaboration, Dollar Tree has selected Warrensburg for its newest facility and the site of the company’s 23rd distribution center in the U.S. The distribution center will source merchandise for 850 Dollar Tree stores located across the Midwest.
Located on Highway 13 and NE 200 Road, the project will be the first to occupy Warrensburg’s new industrial park entitled “Brady Commerce Park.” Dollar Tree’s 1.2 million sq ft facility will cover about 27 acres under roof. The proposed project will employ 375 within 3 years and invest approximately $110 million. The proposed site plan will be designed to accommodate future expansions. The facility will see 150-200 inbound/outbound trucks per day. Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operates over 14,300 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada.
“Dollar Tree is a large and growing organization,” said Dollar Tree Chief Executive Officer Bob Sasser. “We have 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.”
Without teamwork, this deal may not have happened. “We have known for some time that Brady Commerce Park has great potential for future economic development,” said Johnson County Presiding Commissioner Bill Gabel. “Johnson County Economic Development Corporation worked with the property owner, Missouri Partnership, the City of Warrensburg, Johnson County, local utilities, along with workforce, school and business representatives to place Warrensburg at the top of the list for this project. With the joint efforts of all involved, Warrensburg was able to remain at the top of the list.”
The new facility has potential to spur more growth, according to Tracy Brantner, Johnson County Economic Development Director. “Many State, Regional and Local partners have been working together to on-board a new industrial park for the area for many years. After all these years of planning and expense, Dollar Tree’s distribution center will be the catalyst for the development of the new park that will significantly change Warrensburg’s economic future,” stated Brantner.
Bringing more employers to Johnson County is a continuous effort, in order to increase the economic health of the area. “Johnson County Economic Development Corporation continues the mission to be a leader for the creation and expansion of employment for the citizens of Johnson County. Dollar Tree’s selection of Warrensburg is a result of the long term effort with all of our partners and community leaders, who consistently work together to demonstrate we are an area determined to do business,” said Richard Lloyd, Chairman of JCEDC.
The company expects construction on the Warrensburg distribution center to begin in the second quarter of 2017, with the facility being operational in May 2018. The project is contingent upon the approval of local incentives. A public hearing is set to be held May 8th, 2017 at the Warrensburg Municipal Center to discuss the incentives and the development agreement.
“The City of Warrensburg is well positioned to continue the positive momentum currently taking place in the community,” Warrensburg Mayor Bryan Jacobs said. “Businesses are choosing Warrensburg, more jobs are being created, which will ultimately lead to increased revenue for the city. While we have long known the great assets Warrensburg holds, we are excited that Dollar Tree saw the great opportunities as well.”