Dollar General is looking to add up to 20,000 new employees in a five-day hiring blitz April 19 through April 23 across its store, distribution, transportation and corporate operations.
The hiring event comes as Dollar General is planning to open 1,050 new stores in 2021, spurred on by rising demand in 2020. The announcement also comes on the heels of a similar scale in recruitment efforts from the discount retailer’s rival, Dollar Tree, which is aiming to hire thousands of part- and full-time employees this year.
The massive recruitment event aligns with Dollar General’s ambitious growth plans this year. Discount retailers accounted for roughly half of all planned store openings so far in 2021, leading the pace of growth. Consumers flocked to discount retailers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the surge of online and app users led Dollar Tree to recently create its own retail media network, Chesapeake Media Group.
Dollar General operates 17,266 stores across 46 states as of Feb. 26, 2021. The company is taking an omnichannel approach to hiring over the five days by asking prospective job candidates to apply online for a position prior to attending an in-person hiring event, with social distancing and mask wearing. A virtual hiring event will take place April 19-21.
“As a rapidly-growing company, we are proud to provide individuals with opportunities to start or advance their careers while serving as a positive economic presence in each community we call home,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer. The power of coupling our mission of Serving Others with one of our key operating priorities, investing in our diverse teams through development, empowerment and inclusion, makes DG an employer of choice, and we look forward to welcoming new employees to come grow with our DG family this spring.”