As the heightened demand for household essentials offered by Dollar General stores continues across the country amid COVID-19 concerns, the company plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April as it continues to work to support customers’ needs. Goodlettsville, TN-based Dollar General will also invest approximately $35 million in bonuses for all store, distribution center and private fleet employees. Eligible employees include those who perform work during a six-week period beginning in mid-March. Details of the bonuses were shared with employees beginning last week.
“Dollar General is proud to have the best team in retail, and the company’s investment in this bonus demonstrates our continued appreciation for all that our employees are doing to serve our customers and communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Throughout our organization, we continue to see our mission of Serving Others on proud display as our employees work diligently to provide our neighbors, friends and communities with the essential products they need at everyday low prices.”
Dollar General currently operates more than 16,300 stores in 45 states, and approximately 75 percent of the American population is within five miles of a Dollar General. The company also operates 17 traditional distribution centers, five DG Fresh cold storage facilities and its private fleet network.
“We are proud to serve as one of America’s essential retailers, and we believe our customers are relying on us now more than ever to provide an affordable, convenient retail option,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s senior vice president and chief people officer. “The Dollar General family continues to do its part in helping our customers and neighbors during these unprecedented times. We invite individuals looking to start or grow a career, as well as for those whose job may be temporarily impacted by COVID-19, to apply for opportunities to help further our mission of Serving Others.”
While Dollar General currently expects the majority of these roles to be temporary, the company anticipates providing long-term career growth opportunities to some of these new employees. In the past five years alone, Dollar General has added approximately 35,000 net new jobs to the American economy, growing its workforce from 105,000 employees in February 2015 to more than 143,000 current employees.
Dollar General was recently listed among Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of World’s Most Admired Companies and named as Mass Market Retailer’s Retailer of the Year.
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