PRESS RELEASE: Goodlettsville, Tennessee – April 20, 2020 – Dollar General BB #:172794 today announced the recent opening of its first store in Washington state, increasing its national presence to 46 states. This store opening in Cathlamet will provide Wahkiakum County residents with household essentials at everyday low prices in a convenient location.
“Dollar General is proud to extend our store presence and bring our mission of Serving Others to Washington state residents. We are proud to be able to open and operate stores to serve our customers and communities with an affordable and convenient retail option particularly during these unprecedented times,” said Steve Sunderland, executive vice president, store operations. “We believe the opening of each new Dollar General store represents positive economic impact, and we look forward to being a longstanding business partner and serving our Washington customers.”
A grand opening celebration for the new store located in Cathlamet is expected to be announced at a later date. Normal hours of operation may be found online here or through the Dollar General app.* Dollar General also plans to open additional stores in Washington and currently has six stores under construction.
As part of its mission of Serving Others, Dollar General provides its customers with quality products at great prices, invests in its employees as a competitive advantage and strengthens the communities it calls home. In keeping with its mission, Dollar General recently announced several efforts to continue supporting customers and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
This includes dedicating its first hour of operations every day to senior customers and providing the medical community, first responders and the National Guard with a 10 percent discount on qualifying purchases through April 30, 2020. Store also continue to close one hour early to allow for employees to clean and re-stock each evening. The Company also recently announced an approximate $35 million investment in bonuses for eligible employees who perform work over a six-week period and is offering employees a 30 percent discount on private brands through early May.
To support currently-heightened demand both in Washington and throughout the country, the Company is also planning to hire up to 50,000 employees by the end of April across its field, distribution center and private fleet networks. Available positions are available here. New employees hired during the six-week period are eligible for employee bonuses. Additionally, Dollar General provides employees with competitive wages, world-class and award-winning training and development programs and expansive benefits including day-one eligibility to telemedicine, health insurance coverage options, 401K savings and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, adoption assistance and much more.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs. Since its founding in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $172 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, its grant programs and the National Literacy Directory, visit www.dgliteracy.com.
Dollar General was recently listed among Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of World’s Most Admired Companies and named as Mass Market Retailer’s Retailer of the Year.
*As of March 17, 2020, stores are closing one hour earlier.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 16,368 stores in 45 states as of February 28, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.