Dollar General (DG) announced Monday morning that its 2011 expansion plan to open 625 new stores will allow it to hire 6,000 workers.
The discount retailer said the store openings in new suburban, rural and metropolitan markets would create 6,000 new jobs in local communities. Hiring will be spread throughout its existing 35-state operating area, as well as three new states: Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. The company also plans to remodel or relocate 550 stores.
"Bringing our store model of convenience and value to more people in more states is an exciting opportunity for us," said Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling. "We believe the new communities and states we are entering will benefit from the new jobs, shopping choices and dedication to community found at Dollar General."
Unlike many other companies that have spent the past several years laying off employees, 2011 will mark Dollar General's third consecutive year of creating, rather than eliminating jobs. If its estimates for this year are accurate, from 2009 though 2011, the company will have created more than 15,000 new jobs.
Dollar General currently has more than 9,200 stores in 35 states, which it says is more retail locations than any other discount retailer in America.
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