The Dollar General Corporation, headquartered in Tennessee, has over 12,500 stores in 43 states at this writing.

Like Wal-Mart, which began with a single discount store called Walton’s 5&10 in Bentonville Arkansas and has grown over the last fifty years into the largest retailer in the world with nearly 260 million customers visiting over 11,500 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries, and e-commerce sites in 11 countries, Dollar General also has humble beginnings.

The stores were founded in 1939 by Cal Turner Senior and his father J.L. Turner in Kentucky changing the name J.L. and Son, Inc in 1968 to Dollar General Corporation.

In recent years, the chain has started constructing more stand-alone stores typically in areas not served by another general merchandise retailer. In some cases, stores are within a few city blocks of each other and are located mainly in rural areas.

Dollar General offers both name brand and generic merchandise, including off-brand goods and closeouts of name-brand items, in the same store often on the same shelf. It is not a dollar store by the strict definition of that term as most of its products are priced at more than $1.00.

Since 2000, Dollar General has experimented with stores that carry a greater selection of grocery items and operate under the name “Dollar General Market.”

The Full Gospel Church was approached earlier this year by the company to buy the U-Turn building next to the church which the church owns and runs as a youth ministry facility.

Eventually the church decided to sell, with the proceeds of the sale slated for expansions at the main site of the church building for their ever expanding youth programs.

The store is planning on hiring 24 employees and is taking applications online for this store that hopes to open in the spring, now that the U-Turn building has been demolished.

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