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Dollar General opens 20,000th store

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Milestone celebrated at DG Market outlet in Alice, Texas.

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Friday celebrated the grand opening of its 20,000th store at its DG Market location in Alice, Texas.

“Today marks an incredible milestone in Dollar General’s history,” said Steve Deckard, Dollar General’s executive vice president of store operations and development. “From our first general store to today’s 20,000th store opening, our mission to serve others and help customers stretch their budget remains strong. We believe each store provides a positive impact in our hometowns through convenient access to affordable essentials, career growth opportunities for employees, and the ability for local nonprofits, schools and libraries to advance through Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants. On behalf of the DG leadership team, I would like to share my gratitude to the entire DG family for its ongoing commitment to our customers and communities in helping us reach this milestone.”

The milestone grand opening celebration began at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 24. After the official ribbon cutting, customers received a complimentary tote bag with product samples from numerous vendors, as well as refreshments from one of DG’s private brands, Clover Valley.

Dollar General also used the occasion to award $20,000 to support educational and tutoring programs through a $10,000 donation each to Alicia Salinas Public Library and to the Boys & Girls Club of Alice. The company also provided new books to Saenz Elementary School in Alice to help instill a love of reading in students.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott commemorated the occasion with an official recognition. “I have full faith that its twenty thousandth store will be an uplifting force in Alice and beyond, Abbott said in statement. “During this milestone celebration and hereafter, I encourage all Dollar General employees to feel pride in their work and to reflect upon the values that launched one of America’s most iconic companies.”

Dollar General noted that it employs more than 17,500 Texas employees through its store, distribution center and private fleet presence in the state.

Dollar General originated as a wholesale venture by J.L. Turner and his son, Cal Turner, Sr. The first Dollar General store opened nearly 70 years ago in Springfield, Kentucky in 1955. More information about the company’s history can be found here.


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