Dollar General is ramping up store growth in 2019.
The Goodlettsville, Tenn.–based chain says it will spend up to $825 million opening 975 new stores, remodeling 1,000 mature stores and relocating 100 existing stores. These ambitious plans are part of the retailer’s strategy to achieve 2.5 percent same-store sales growth for the year. Its same-store sales grew by 3.2 percent last year, as the company opened 900 new stores, remodeled 1,050 and relocated 115. Dollar General was operating 15,370 stores across 44 states as of Feb. 1, 2019.
“We entered 2019 with a strong foundation for success,” said CEO Todd Vasos in a press release. “During the fourth quarter, we delivered strong same-store sales growth, driven by performance in both consumable and nonconsumable product sales, which resulted in our highest two-year same-store sales stack in 21 quarters.” The retailer is also investing in its digital channel and in frozen food and HR technology that it expects will boost productivity, he said.
Same-store sales grew by 4 percent in the fourth quarter. Early release of government SNAP assistance helped drive increases in traffic and the average ticket, the company said.
By Brannon Boswell