UPDATE: Dollar General offering discount for healthcare workers, first responders, active Guardsmen

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Source: Dollar General

MONDAY 3/30/2020 6:55 a.m.

(WFRV) – Dollar General has announced they will provide all medical personnel, first responders, and activated National Guardsmen with a 10 percent discount on qualifying purchases with a valid employment badge or ID.

Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, says Dollar General is “deeply appreciative” of those on the frontlines of battling the coronavirus.

“To demonstrate our heartfelt gratitude for these individuals’ tireless service to their communities, we are proud to help support them with this discount.  On behalf of the entire Dollar General family, we would like to thank all of the physicians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, Guardsmen and other health care and front-line professionals working to support and care for our neighbors and communities.”

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The discount is available through April 30 and could be extended based on the status of the coronavirus, according to Dollar General.

Dollar General employees who work during a six-week period beginning in mid-March can expect bonuses, according to store officials, after the company announced plans to invest about $35 million in bonuses for all eligible store, distribution center, and private fleet employees.

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Earlier this month, Dollar General announced it was looking to hire 50,000 employees by the end of April as well as a dedicated hour for senior shoppers to provide the cleanest environment to those who are at a higher risk of getting the coronavirus.

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Dollar General looking to hire 50,000 employees by end of April

MONDAY 3/23/2020 12:46 p.m.

(WFRV) – Dollar General has announced plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.

“We are proud to serve as one of America’s essential retailers, and we believe our customers are relying on us now more than ever to provide an affordable, convenient retail option,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s senior vice president and chief people officer. “The Dollar General family continues to do its part in helping our customers and neighbors during these unprecedented times. We invite individuals looking to start or grow a career, as well as for those whose job may be temporarily impacted by COVID-19, to apply for opportunities to help further our mission of Serving Others.”

To learn more about opening across the Dollar General network, interested candidates are invited to visit Dollar General’s website.

Dollar General anticipates many of these positions will be temporary.

Earlier this month, Dollar General announced it would dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers and that stores would be closing an hour early to allow stores to clean and re-stock shelves.

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Original Story: Dollar General to dedicate first hour of shopping days to senior shoppers

TUESDAY 3/17/2020 5:46 a.m.

(WFRV) – Dollar General has announced its plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers as many stores continue to see an increase in customers and empty shelves.

According to a release from the company, beginning on Tuesday, March 17, Dollar General is strongly encouraging the first hour of operations be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers as they are one of the groups considered most vulnerable to coronavirus.

“In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.”

Dollar General also announced that all stores plan to close an hour earlier than the current closing time to allow employees to clean and re-stock shelves. Stores will maintain current opening hours, according to Dollar General.

“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors.  We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” says Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”

Other stores, including Walmart, Festival, and Target, have also made adjustments to their store operations. For more on those changes, visit our Coronavirus News tab.

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