Dol­lar Gen­eral plans to add 50,000 work­ers

The Kansas City Star - - News - BY DAVE FLESSNER Chat­tanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

As the height­ened de­mand for house­hold es­sen­tials con­tin­ues across the coun­try in re­sponse to the COVID-19 epi­demic, a Ten­nes­see-based re­tailer said it plans to nearly dou­ble its nor­mal hir­ing rate and add up to 50,000 em­ploy­ees by the end of April.

Dol­lar Gen­eral, which has more than and 16,300 stores na­tion­wide, said most of the new jobs will be tem­po­rary to help han­dle the surge in de­mand for many of the house­hold prod­ucts and food items Amer­i­cans are con­sum­ing more of at home as schools, restau­rants, stores and many busi­nesses shut down their op­er­a­tions to limit the spread of the virus.

“We be­lieve our cus­tomers are re­ly­ing on us now more than ever to pro­vide an af­ford­able, con­ve­nient re­tail op­tion,” Kathy Rear­don, Dol­lar Gen­eral’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief peo­ple of­fi­cer, said in state­ment to­day. “The Dol­lar Gen­eral fam­ily con­tin­ues to do its part in help­ing our cus­tomers and neigh­bors dur­ing th­ese un­prece­dented times.”

Dol­lar Gen­eral’s an­nounce­ment is sim­i­lar to those of other ma­jor re­tail­ers of food and other sta­ples op­er­at­ing in the

Chat­tanooga area. Food City is adding 2,500 jobs in its 4-state re­gion and Wal­mart plans to add 150,000 work­ers, in­clud­ing 4,200 in Ten­nes­see, by the end of May.

Dol­lar Gen­eral, which is head­quar­terd in Goodlettsv­ille, Ten­nes­see just north of Nashville, has grown into one of the coun­try’s big­gest dis­count re­tail­ers with stores within five miles of 75 per­cent of the Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion. In the past five years alone, Dol­lar Gen­eral has added ap­prox­i­mately 35,000 net new jobs, growing its work­force from 105,000 em­ploy­ees in February 2015 to more than 143,000 cur­rent em­ploy­ees.

“We in­vite in­di­vid­u­als look­ing to start or grow a ca­reer, as well as for those whose job may be tem­po­rar­ily im­pacted by COVID-19, to ap­ply for op­por­tu­ni­ties to help further our mis­sion of serv­ing oth­ers,” Rear­don said.

Peo­ple may ap­ply and find out more on­line.

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