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    Competitive Watch: Dollar General Marches Strong Into the New Year

    Company will create 6,000 new jobs and open 625 new stores.

    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- Starting off the new year with a bang, Dollar General announced this week that it plans to create 6,000 new jobs.

    The new jobs align with the company's plans to open 625 new stores in fiscal 2011, a company release stated. The new stores and jobs will be spread across Dollar General's existing 35-state operating areas as well as three new states -- Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. The company also has plans to remodel or relocate 55 stores.

    "Bringing our store model of convenience and value to more people in more states is an exciting opportunity for us," Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO said in the released statement. "We believe the new communities and states we are entering will benefit from the new jobs, shopping choices and dedication to community found at Dollar General."

    According to the company the anticipated jobs follow two years of positive job growth for Dollar General, as it will have created more than 15,000 new jobs from 2009-2011.

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