Dollar General’s La Pine Store Slated to Open in Spring 2018
By Andrea Hine, Staff Writer
Dollar General, with more than 13,000 stores in the U.S., plans to expand its presence in the Northwest with a new location at 52612 US 97 in La Pine. Only the sixth in the state, Dollar General is projected to open in spring 2018, and employ approximately six to 10 employees.
The operation was founded in 1939 by the father-son team of J.L. and Cal Turner – with an investment of $5,000 each – in Scottsville, Kentucky. J.L. had previously been a traveling dry-goods salesman for a wholesale grocer. During the Great Depression, he began buying and liquidating bankrupt general stores, accompanied by his only child Cal. In 1955, Cal developed his idea of a retail store selling goods for a dollar, based on the Dollar Days promotions held by competitors.
According to its media department, Dollar General “generally serves customers within a three- to five-mile radius, or a 10-minute drive – knowing that convenience is a major factor in shopping decisions.” Demographic trends, competitive factors and traffic patterns are also taken into consideration.
Dollar General sells merchandise ranging from health and beauty products to home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items, basic clothing and groceries (including packaged, refrigerated and frozen foods). In addition to private brands, products are featured from Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.
Anyone interested in joining “one of America’s fastest-growing retailers” may apply online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.