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Dollar General - The history
On Sept. 15, 2016, Dollar General declared plans to hire 10,000 new employees and open 900 new stores in fiscal 2016 and 1,000 in fiscal 2017. As of August 2016, Dollar General had operated 13,000 stores. Dollar General obtained dollar Express and all of its 323 locations in April 2017. In January 2017, Dollar General initiated a concept store in Nashville called DGX. The DGX store concept concentrates on urban shoppers and is geared toward instant consumption items such as a soda fountain AND coffee station. The next month another DGX store begun in Raleigh, North Carolina and in September a third DGX opened in Philadelphia.
In fall 2017, Dollar General opened its 15th distribution center In Jackson, Georgia to serve stores in Georgia and the surrounding states. In addition, in 2017, Dollar General started construction for its 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York. The distribution center is to cost $91 million and is foreseen to create 400 jobs in Montgomery County, New York. Dollar General plans to start 900 new stores in 2018. Also in 2017, Dollar General procured Dollar Express, a spinoff from the Family Dollar-Dollar Tree deal, and converted the store.
A second distribution center will be installed in Texas with a planned opening in 2019. The distribution center will be located in Longview, Texas and will bring 400 jobs to the area. Dollar General started its 15,000th store in Wilmington, North Carolina in July 2018. Dollar General hosted a community celebration and donated $15,000 to five local schools to support literacy and education initiatives.