As it continues initiatives to reach more consumers, Dollar General announced the opening of its 18,000th store located in Gulf Shores, AL.
The company opened its first Alabama store in 1965. It now operates about 850 stores and two distribution centers in the state, the company stated. According to a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Dollar General opened 530 new stores, remodeled 1,020 stores and relocated 58 stores in the first half of 2021. The company announced in September that it would have its first location in Idaho, which will become the 47th state where Dollar General operates stores.
“With each new DG store opening, we are extending our scale for good to help American households stretch their budgets on essentials, create new career paths for employees, contribute tax revenue to local municipalities and extend education opportunities through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General, CEO in announcing the store opening. “From our first store in Kentucky in 1955 to today’s 18,000th store, our customers and our mission have remained at the heart of all we do, and we are proud to extend the positive benefits we bring to better serve Gulf Shores’ residents and tourists alike with our 18,000th store.”