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03/07/2022

Dollar General plans over 1,000 new stores in 2022

Discount retailer Dollar General is set to expand in 2022 with over 1,000 new stores planned that will grow its workforce by 6%.
Zachary Russell
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Dollar General plans to greatly expand its retail footprint this year. The company said it plans to open 1,110 new stores in 2022, including 100 new pOpshelf stores and new DG Fresh distribution centers.

First covered by Store Brands’ sister publication Progressive Grocer, Dollar General’s planned expansion is expected to create about 10,000 new jobs in fiscal 2022, a 6% growth in the company’s workforce. In addition to the pOpshelf locations and DG Fresh distribution centers, the company plans to expand into Mexico with 10 Dollar General locations.

“At Dollar General, our employees are the heart of the company and bring our mission of serving othersto life each day,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s EVP and chief people officer. “We are excited to add new opportunities for individuals to start or develop their career through our growing organization, and we look forward to welcoming new talent to the DG family again this year. We continue to make meaningful and positive investments in our hometowns through new store and distribution center growth, which allows us to remain dedicated to supporting our diverse employees with training, development, advancement and education opportunities.” 

In the most recent quarterly report, net sales increased 3.9% to $8.5 billion in the quarter compared to $8.2 billion in the Q3 of 2020, driven by new stores, which partially offset the decline in same-store sales. Same-store sales decreased 0.6% compared to the third quarter of 2020, driven by a decline in customer traffic, partially offset by an increase in average transaction amount.

Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General is No. 15 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. Dollar General was named Progressive Grocer’s Retailer of the Year in 2021.