Dollar General has celebrated the grand opening of its 16,000th store in Panama City, Florida. The company celebrated the milestone with a community celebration and donations to two local elementary schools at its new store, which will serve Gulf Coast residents still rebuilding from Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
Dollar General presented the first 500 adult customers with $10 gift cards and tote bags containing a variety of complimentary products. Festivities also included giveaways and entertainment provided from several of Dollar General’s vendor partners, complimentary breakfast and lunch and Dollar General’s exclusive Clover Valley private brand snack samples, as well as the opportunity to win a free year of shopping from Dollar General, a prize valued at $520.
The company, in partnership with The Kellogg Company, presented Cedar Grove Elementary School and Parker Elementary School, both located in Panama City, Florida, each with $16,000 to commemorate the event.
Additionally, Mayor Greg Brudnicki, Panama City, and Mayor Ralph Hammond, city of Springfield, each issued proclamations in their respective municipalities declaring September 28, 2019, as “Dollar General Day.”
“We are thrilled to expand our store presence with our 16,000th store grand opening celebration,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “From our first store in rural Kentucky to today’s 16,000th store in Panama City, our commitment to serve the communities we call home has never wavered. From small towns to metropolitan city centers and every community in between, Dollar General is proud to create positive economic impact and local career opportunities as we provide customers with everyday value and convenience. We are grateful we can support the Panama City community, which continues to rebuild from Hurricane Michael’s landfall last year, and demonstrate our mission of serving others through donations made to two local elementary schools. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the entire Dollar General family whose hard work and dedication have helped us reach this significant milestone.”