Dollar General has announced plans to create approximately 10,000 new jobs in 2017 as the company seeks to add 1,000 stores and two new state-of-the-art distribution centers to its assets. These 10,000 new jobs will constitute a roughly nine percent overall increase to the company’s workforce, and mark the largest one-year employee increase through organic store and distribution center growth in the company’s 78-year history.
"Dollar General looks forward to welcoming new employees who want to grow with us as we expand throughout the states we serve," said Todd Vasos, Dollar General's Chief Executive Officer, in a a press release. "These new jobs reflect the organization's commitment to seize growth opportunities and further deliver Dollar General's value proposition of everyday low prices on quality merchandise to customers in 1,000 new locations in 2017. Since joining Dollar General in 2008, I've had the privilege to see the company grow from approximately 72,000 employees to more than 130,000 anticipated employees by end of the 2017 fiscal year. It really is an exciting time to be a Dollar General employee."
The company plans to invest more than 1.5 million training hours in employees in 2017 to promote education and development throughout the year. Training magazine recently recognized the company among its Training Top 125 for the sixth consecutive year, ranking #8 on the list.
"This year's continued growth presents numerous opportunities for candidates looking to begin and develop their careers at one of America's fastest-growing retailers," said Bob Ravener, Dollar General's EVP and Chief People Officer. "Candidates should look to Dollar General as a great career choice for numerous factors including our variety of training and development programs, focus on internal advancement within the company, and mission of Serving Others."
This announcement comes on the heels of the November news that the discount chain will begin testing a new store format. As Dollar General looks to bring its store count up, its store formats may be scaling down. The company has plans to debut a new pilot store with a smaller format in downtown Nashville, TN. The new concept, bearing the name DGX for now, is slated to open sometime in early 2017, according to PYMNTS.com.
Candidates looking to join Dollar General must apply for all new positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.