Grand opening marks milestone for discounter
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. celebrated the grand opening of its 13,000th store on Saturday. The event, held in Birmingham, Ala., was attended by hundreds of customers and community leaders.
The first 200 adult customers to arrive at the event received $10 gift cards, goodie bags with complimentary samples, coffee, donuts and an official welcome by Dollar General region director Mark Nichols and local dignitaries, including Birmingham director of economic development Lisa Cooper and Midfield, Ala., Mayor Gary Richardson. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation presented $6,500 to the Birmingham Public Library’s Powderly Branch and Oxmoor Valley Elementary School, with the funds to be used to advanced literacy and education.
Dollar General employs more than 6,500 employees in Alabama through approximately 675 stores and its distribution center in Bessemer, which opened in 2012.
“[The] 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,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “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.”
The company got its start as a dry goods wholesaler in Scottsville, Ky., in 1939 and today proudly calls itself the nation’s biggest small-box retailer, with stores in 43 states.