Dollar General now operates 13,000 stores across the U.S.
Birmingham, Ala. is now the home of Dollar General’s 13,000th store location. The new store, which opened the morning of Aug. 13, 2016, marks a major milestone for the company, which was founded in Kentucky 77 years ago.
“This morning’s grand opening celebration commemorates a major milestone for Dollar General and reflects our unwavering commitment and dedication to provide convenience and everyday low prices to the communities we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “On behalf of the entire Dollar General leadership team, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dollar General employees, our communities, local governments and business partners who continually support our mission of serving others as we look to deliver the Dollar General business model to communities across the country.”
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 13, the Birmingham, Ala. community celebrated with free $10 gift cards for the first 200 adult customers, goodie bags with complimentary samples, coffee, donuts and an official welcome by Dollar General region director Mark Nichols, Birmingham’s director of economic development Lisa Cooper and Midfield, Ala. mayor Gary Richardson. Additionally, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation also presented a $13,000 donation to two area organizations with the Birmingham Public Library’s Powderly Branch and Oxmoor Valley Elementary School each receiving $6,500 to further literacy and education.
Located at 4132 Jefferson Avenue Southwest in Birmingham, Ala., grand opening festivities continued throughout the day as visitors enjoyed seeing the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry NASCAR showcar, hotdogs and drinks for lunch and food samplings of Dollar General’s exclusive Clover Valley private brand items.
Dollar General proudly employs more than 6,500 employees in Alabama through approximately 675 stores and its distribution center in Bessemer, Ala., which opened in 2012.
Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise. Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or get their General Education Diploma (GED) can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly more than 7.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
This new store is one of the planned 900 new stores in 2016 throughout the 43 states Dollar General serves.