Dollar General plans to hire 10,000 new workers within the next month to support the company's expansion plans.
The discount retailer — which has planned to open 900 new stores in fiscal 2016 and 1,000 stores in fiscal 2017 — announced Thursday it will host hiring events at 600 locations through Sept. 24 where interested applicants can meet with Dollar General managers. A list of events is available at www.dollargeneral.com/grow.
Hiring events to be held in the Midlands area include:
September 19, 9a.m.-2p.m.
612 S. Mill St. Manning, SC
September 20, 1p.m.-4p.m.
1601 Shivers Rd. Columbia, SC
The company is looking to fill full time and part time positions including store managers and assistant managers, lead sales associates and store associates. All candidates must also apply online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.
"Dollar General remains focused on our strategy to invest in our employees as a competitive advantage," Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos said in a statement. "We look forward to providing new employees opportunities to gain new skills, develop their talents and grow their careers through our mission of Serving Others."
Dollar General operated 13,000 stores as of Aug. 13. The company’s expansion plans include 6 to 8 percent square footage growth per year. In 2015 Dollar General opened 730 new stores, remodeled or relocated 881 stores and closed 36.
In July, Dollar General announced plans to relocate 40 stores and enter one new market after the company finalized a deal to purchase 41 former Wal-Mart Express locations. At the time, Dollar General said the newly relocated stores would feature a “fresh DG16 layout,” including additional sales floor square footage and expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce. The company also planned to operate fueling stations in 37 of the 41 locations.
The deal included former Wal-Mart stores in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Oklahoma.
Dollar General’s annual sales grew from $18.9 billion in 2014 to $20.4 billion in 2015.
The company's expansion plans come a year after Dollar General failed in its attempt to acquire rival Family Dollar for $9.1 billion after a nearly yearlong takeover battle. Family Dollar shareholders instead approved an $8.5 billion deal with Dollar Tree.
Dollar General and Family Dollar sell items across a range of price points, while Dollar Tree prices items at $1 or less.
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