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Dollar General coming to town

POSTED July 5, 2013 10:30 p.m.

The closing of long-time Lander Avenue grocery store Sam's Food City not only left a large commercial vacancy, but also regular customers in need on Turlock's west side.

That need will soon be filled by a new Dollar General store, set to open this winter.

Dollar General, a Tennessee-based retail chain, will be making Turlock its new home. Dan MacDonald, spokesperson for Dollar General, said the new 17,000 square foot facility will offer customers a simpler and more efficient shopping experience.

“We save you time by staying focused on life’s simple  necessities,” said MacDonald. “We offer things like  laundry detergent, toilet paper, bar soap, shampoo, socks and underwear — maybe a gadget or two that you just can’t live without.”

Currently, Dollar General operates over 10,000 stores nationally, making it the largest retailer in the country. Since its introduction to California in 2011, the company has spread rapidly, opening 50 stores last year, 13 of which were in the Central Valley. Last April, Dollar General opened up a store in Hilmar, marking the company's first step into the greater Turlock area.

“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 of Dollar General. “Our team is excited about carrying our mission westward and delivering value and convenience, our hallmarks for over 70 years, to new customers.”

Last year, the company was credited with providing 1,200 jobs to parts of Central and Southern California.

The Turlock store is expected to generate 40 jobs for the local community. Those interested in applying can visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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