The company said Thursday that it will open 975 new stores in the US this year. Dollar General will also rebuild 1,000 older stores with new line lines to run the last minute impulse buyer. It will also spruce up its health and beauty sections.
Dollar General is looking to build stores in rural areas where a ledger or grocery store is not within 15 or 20 miles. It gives the company close proximity to buyers and compels more frequent store visits. The company says that 75% of the premises are in cities with 20,000 or fewer people.
"While the economy is doing well, our core customer is continuing to struggle," dollar general manager Todd Vasos told analysts last year.
dollars general even increased during the holidays. Dollar General's sales in stores open at least one year increased by 4% over the last quarter compared to a year earlier, beating analysts' expectations.
The US Government's closure contributed to the Dollar General's sale being due to the Department of Agriculture falling out in February's SNAP benefits early, the company said. It also became a boost from several buyers who bought food and home products, such as kitchen utensils and small appliances.
Dollar General has said that offering fruits and vegetables in stores in rural and urban food deserts can "drive a tremendous amount of traffic."