Just after it announced it would open stores in three new states in 2011—Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire—Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General Corp. announced its plans to open its first stores in California in 2012. The company had expanded out to Arizona and Colorado in recent years.
“Our California stores will mark a significant milestone for Dollar General, giving us a coast-to-coast presence for the first time,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO.
The small-box discount retailer has nearly doubled its store base in the last decade, from 5,000 in 2000 to more than 9,500 today.
Dollar General operates more company-owned retail stores than any other retailer in America. California would be Dollar General’s 39th state.