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Former Dollar General exec will rejoin company to lead store ops

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General  announced Wednesday that Jeff Owen will rejoin the company as EVP store operations effective June 15. Owen previously spent more than 20 years with Dollar General where his most recent role was SVP store operations.
 
“Jeff's experience at Dollar General brings unique perspectives and insights to our store operations team. We look forward to welcoming him back to Dollar General and his contributions in this critical role as we execute our new store growth,” Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos said.
 
The company also announced that Greg Sparks, EVP store operations, has departed effective June 9.
 
"I would like to thank Greg for his contributions to Dollar General over the last three years. I wish him the best in his future endeavors," Vasos said.
 
Owen began his career at Dollar General in 1992. He served as a store manager with progression through various roles of increasing responsibility. From August 2011 until July 2014, he was SVP store operations leading nearly 5,000 stores and 40,000 employees. Prior to August 2011, Owen served as VP, division manager. From November 2006 to March 2007, he served as retail division manager. Prior to November 2006, he was senior director, operations process improvement.
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Amazon to build fourth fulfillment center in Texas

BY Gina Acosta

SEATTLE — Amazon is going big in Texas with the announcement of the construction of yet another fulfillment center in Dallas. 
 
The new 500,000 square-foot facility, which is currently under construction, will be located at the northeast corner of Interstate 45 and Interstate 20 in Dallas and will bring about 500 new jobs to the area when the facility opens early in 2016.
 
Employees at the Dallas fulfillment center will process smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods, Amazon said Tuesday.
 
“We are thrilled that Amazon chose Dallas as the location for its new fulfillment center,” Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said, The company has been innovative in not only the level of technology it uses to get packages to our doorsteps, but also in its ability to create quality jobs for a diverse community throughout North Texas.”
 
The company said they offer employees wages higher than traditional retail stores and include bonuses and other benefits from day one.
 
“We are proud to continue creating hundreds of new full-time jobs in Texas that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” Mike Roth, Amazon's VP North America operations, said. “Our growth in Texas has been a team effort between the amazing workforce in the state and the incredible support we have received from local communities.”
 
Amazon has created 3,500 jobs since coming to Texas and have invested more than $400 million in the state. They already have locations in Coppell, Haslet, and Schertz.
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NACDS reveals keynote speaker for Total Store Expo

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that television journalist and author Tom Brokaw will offer the keynote address during the upcoming 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo.

Brokaw, whose latest book “A Lucky Life Interrupted” chronicles a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on his life, will speak during the trade show’s Business Program on Aug. 23 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

“Tom Brokaw’s name is synonymous with the delivery of compelling national and world news,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “His groundbreaking reports and specials helped bring the realities of global and national issues into the homes of Americans every evening. We look forward to hearing about his experiences in telling the news over the last several decades, as well as his more personal life lessons in battling cancer as shared in his powerful new memoir.”

Brokaw has spent his entire career in journalism with NBC News. He began at the Los Angeles bureau in 1966 where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for office, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.  After serving as White House correspondent in Washington during Watergate, he joined the “Today Show” in New York, and later became the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.”
   
Among his many journalistic achievements, Brokaw conducted the very first interview with former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and was the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night before the Berlin wall came down.

In addition to his daily news gathering responsibilities, Brokaw reported on more than 30 documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming.  

Among his many accolades, Brokaw has won every major award in journalism, including Peabody, DuPonts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Brokaw with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1998, Brokaw published his first book, “The Greatest Generation.” He followed that with five other books, including “BOOM! Voices Of The Sixties” and “The Time Of Our Lives.”

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