Thorpe had retired from the company in 2012 after serving for six years as senior vice president and general merchandising manager.
“Jim is an accomplished merchant who has a strong understanding of our core customer and a passion for our business. Given his proven track record, we are excited for him to return to Dollar General,” stated Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “The addition of Jim helps strengthen our leadership team so that we can focus on capturing growth opportunities at an accelerated pace.”
Thorpe succeeded David D’Arezzo, who departed the company on August 6.
“I would like to thank Dave for his contributions to Dollar General over the last 20 months. I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” remarked Vasos.
Before joining Dollar General in 2006, Thorpe had served in various positions of increasing importance and responsibility. He worked at Sears Holdings Corp. from 1991 to 2006, attaining the position of vice president and general merchandise manager, hard home of Sears Home Group. Previously, Thorpe worked as a marketing program manager for Zenith Data Systems. He began his career in 1981 at Maxima Corp., where he held various project administration and analyst positions.
After his retirement from Dollar General, Thorpe was president of JW Thorpe and Associates Inc.