Dollar General plans to expand into three new states within the next year, the retailer has announced, increasing the company’s presence to 43 states across the country. It will begin construction on stores in Maine and Rhode Island this fall, then expand into Oregon in early 2015, it stated.
The move into Maine and Rhode Island follows Dollar General’s successful expansion into neighboring northeastern states in recent years, the company asserted. New stores in Oregon will increase the company’s visibility on the West Coast in the wake of its entrance into the California market in 2012. Expansion in California included the opening of Dollar General’s 10,000th store in the town of Merced, Dollar General pointed out.
Dollar General will serve stores in Maine and Rhode Island from its Bethel, PA, distribution center, a facility that celebrated its grand opening last week. The company will serve Oregon stores from its Lebec, CA distribution, which opened in April 2012.
“It’s exciting to announce plans to add stores in three new states, which will give Dollar General locations in all northeastern states and a presence in the Pacific Northwest,” Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO, said in comments on the growth initiative. “Announcing this expansion simultaneously with our 75th anniversary in 2014 further demonstrates Dollar General’s enduring legacy of serving others and providing customers quality, convenience and everyday low prices.”