The career opportunities are across the company’s 17,400 stores, 27 distribution centers, private fleet and store support center.
The hiring blitz comes at a time when retailers are facing a reckoning in the labor market, with a shortage of workers and a sea of open positions. Post-pandemic, a significant portion of the workforce is also planning to leave the industry after facing lay-offs and other challenges from the COVID-19 virus. The retailer also had 20,000 roles to fill earlier this year when it announced a spring hiring event.
“At Dollar General, we are uniquely positioned as the nation’s largest retailer by store count to serve customers through our expansive network and provide access to careers in the communities we call home,” Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer, said in a statement. “With more than 17,400 stores located within approximately five miles of 75[%] of the US population, we’re excited by the favorable impact we can make on the current job market and individuals looking to join our growing team.”
The huge hiring initiative also comes as Dollar General is making a number of updates to its operations, including adding fresh produce to 10,000 stores and making a push into health care with the addition of a chief medical officer and more health and wellness products. Dollar General also plans to reach its goal to open 1,050 new stores in fiscal year 2021, which has driven its need for more new hires.
The company touted its benefits in its announcement, including telemedicine eligibility, health insurance coverage options, 401K savings and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave and adoption assistance to eligible employees and the Employee Assistance Foundation.