GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. opened its 13,000th outlet earlier this month — in Birmingham, Ala. — as it continues to expand its store base at a brisk pace.
The company this month also announced it is adding a 44th state — North Dakota — to the list of states in which it has a retail presence. Dollar General said it had started construction on five stores in southeastern North Dakota and that it expects them to open for business next spring.
“Expanding our footprint into North Dakota provides Dollar General an opportunity to not only deliver value and convenience to additional customers in the upper Midwest but to also serve communities through our mission of serving others,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Meeting our customers’ needs is our top priority when choosing store locations, and we look forward to being a long-standing business partner in the state.”
With its new location in Birmingham, the company now operates approximately 675 stores in Alabama.
The Birmingham store celebrated its grand opening August 13 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. Additionally, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation presented $13,000 in donations to two area organizations: The Birmingham Public Library’s Powderly Branch and Oxmoor Valley Elementary School each received $6,500 to further literacy and education.
“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,” Vasos said.