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TriStar hendersonville announces 2016 second quarter service 
excellence award recipients

Albert Mann, Volunteer; Amanda Gordon, Surgical Services; Betty Hartsock, ER; Bobby Brown, TriStar Portland ER; Christina Tait, 2West; Dong Phan, Physical Therapy; Erin Baker, Respiratory; Jessica Wharmby, Dietary; Melissa Powelson, Patient Access; Michael Rollins, Plant Operations.

Fellow employees nominate those that are noticed raising service excellence standards. Employees are nominated based on criteria of demonstrated service behaviors: responsiveness and reliability, assurance, image, safety and empathy. Those nominations go to an employee-led committee that then selects the individual honorees. Service excellence awards are announced at a hospital ceremony every quarter. For more information visit

Dollar General Announces Purchase of 41 Former Walmart Express Stores

Dollar General announced recently that it has completed the purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states. Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 existing Dollar General stores into the purchased sites by October 2016 and entering one new market as part of the purchase. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base,” said Tod Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our customers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General.”
Communities served by the newly-relocated stores will enjoy a fresh DG16 layout with additional sales floor square feet, complete with expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce, all designed to make shopping easier. Dollar General also intends to operate fueling stations in 37 of these locations.

Of the new stores, there are 12 in North Carolina; six in Georgia; five in Mississippi; four in Oklahoma; three in Alabama, Kansas and Louisiana; two in Arkansas; and one each in Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Gap Inc. Announces Expansion at Gallatin Distribution Facility

Gap Inc. announced that it is investing $3.1 million in its Gallatin campus on Gap Boulevard during the next five years, a move that will create more than 100 new jobs at its Sumner County distribution center. Most of the new capital will go into technology upgrades as the company expands online fulfillment capabilities in Middle Tennessee.

Gap Inc. is one of the largest employers in Sumner County, operating more than 2.8 million square feet of distribution space among its three warehouses in Gallatin. The Sumner County campus is one of Gap Inc.’s largest distribution centers. Increased online sales demand is driving Gap Inc.’s latest expansion in Gallatin. The new hires are needed to expand online fulfillment capabilities for e-commerce sales on Gap Inc.’s brand websites.

“For nearly 20 years, Gap Inc.’s Gallatin Distribution Center has served as a proud employer of Tennesseans,” Gap Inc. VP of Logistics Kevin Kuntz said. “As a premier logistics provider, we continue to find innovative ways that enable us to dynamically, quickly and reliably deliver product to both retail stores and online customers. With the expansion of our presence in Gallatin, we look forward to providing opportunities for members of our valued community.”

Headquartered in San Francisco, Gap Inc.’s clothing and accessory brands include Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix. Gap Inc. operates about 3,300 company-operated stores across the globe.

“We are very excited about the expansion of the Gap Inc. facility and their projected employment growth,” Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown said. “Gap Inc.’s announcement reflects their value on innovation, and I look forward to the company’s continued success.”