What's In Store

Dollar General to hire 500 in NC in 2017

In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, customers exit a Dollar General store in San Antonio, Texas.
In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, customers exit a Dollar General store in San Antonio, Texas. AP

As part of a company-wide hiring effort, Dollar General said Friday it will create 500 new jobs throughout North Carolina in 2017.

Dollar General, the rival of Family Dollar that tried unsuccessfully to buy the Matthews-based retailer in 2014, said that it plans to add 1,000 new stores and create more than 10,000 new jobs nationwide this fiscal year, according to a statement Friday.

The job growth represents a nearly 9 percent overall increase in Dollar General’s workforce. The retailer said those interested can apply online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

It is unclear how many of the new jobs will be in the Charlotte area – a spokeswoman said the company was not providing a breakdown by metro area.

The expansion of Tennessee-based Dollar General comes after the company lost a hostile battle with rival Dollar Tree to acquire rival Family Dollar. Dollar Tree has been converting dozens of Family Dollars into Dollar Trees, and it sold hundreds more to a private equity group as part of its takeover deal. Dollar Tree has also been trimming jobs at Family Dollar’s corporate office in Matthews.

Both Family Dollar and Dollar General sell a variety of items and national brands for $10 and under, while Dollar Tree sells everything in its stores for $1 or less.

In November, Dollar General unveiled plans for new, smaller format store concepts, tentatively to be branded DGX. The stores, focused on millennial shoppers, will sell low-cost groceries, grab-and-go food options and other supplies. The company held a grand opening of its new location in Raleigh on Friday, though a spokeswoman said there are no plans yet to open the concept in Charlotte.