Dollar General opens store No. 11,000
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Saturday opened its 11,000th store, further distinguishing the dollar-store operator as the retailer with the most stores in the United States, the company announced.
"The opening of our 11,000th store is another exciting milestone for Dollar General," stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. "I would like to thank our more than 100,000 employees for all they do every day to serve our customers as we continue to grow," he said. "We see a lot of exciting opportunities to expand our business, create new career opportunities for our employees and make a difference in our customers’ lives."
As part of the day’s community celebration, Dollar General presented $11,000 in donations to local schools and community organizations in support of literacy initiatives.
The new store is located in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Dollar General anticipates opening 650 new stores in 2013. The company plans to create 6,000 new jobs in 2013, and Dollar General’s continued growth has created nearly 30,000 new jobs since 2007.
Exchange pledges to remain open during government shutdown
DALLAS — Although many services on military installations have closed or curtailed operations as a result of the federal government shutdown that began on Oct. 1, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service remains open to support service members, retirees and their family members, the Exchange announced Friday.
“Some of our military installations are located in rural areas, with a few located as far away as a two-hour drive to a major metropolitan area," stated Exchange deputy director Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward. "So when, as result of the government shutdown, the on-base commissaries and other appropriated funded services close, the Exchange is able to step up and provide an outlet for service members to purchase essential items," he said. “The Exchange has worked with its vendors to keep Express convenience stores well-stocked with customer essential items, such as diapers, bread, milk and frozen food, during this period of higher demand as a result of commissary and dining hall closures.”
“The Exchange is largely unaffected by the shutdown as it is a non-appropriated funded instrumentality,” reported Exchange chief of staff Col. Tom Ockenfels. “This means nearly 97% of the Exchange’s funding is generated by sales and 3% from tax dollar support," he said. “By operating the Exchange as a non-appropriated funded instrumentality … while providing dividends back to help service members and their families and to support quality life programs, we saved American taxpayers $688 million last year.“
The Exchange operates facilities for service members, retirees and their families in more than 30 countries, 50 states and five U.S. territories.
The Exchange’s worldwide facilities, including 131 main stores, 174 military clothing stores, 72 movie theaters, 850 specialty stores (Express convenience stores, gas stations, troops stores, Class Six outlets, bookstores, etc.) and 1,590 quick serve restaurants, such as Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King, Popeye’s and Starbucks, remain open to support service members and their families during this shutdown.
Giant-Carlisle marks 90th anniversary
CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores turned 90 Friday, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said.
The supermarket banner, which operates nearly 200 stores under the Giant and Martin’s Food Markets brands in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, marked its 90th anniversary Friday morning at a store in its hometown of Carlisle, Pa. Customers at all the company’s 200 stores will receive free slices of cake and free apple slices Friday.
L-R: Joe Marsicano, aide to state Sen. Pat Vance; Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Bloom; Giant-Carlisle president Rick Herring, president; Pennsylvania secretary of agriculture George Greig; Carlisle mayor Bill Kronenberg; and Vivian Sheck, Project SHARE.
"Since Giant-Martin’s was founded in Carlisle on Oct. 4, 1923, our commitment to being a good neighbor has been unwavering," Giant-Carlisle president Rick Herring said. "We celebrate with and wish all our associates a happy 90th birthday."
During the time leading up to the anniversary, the company spent 90 days donating to local charitable organizations, including a $9,000 donation to Project SHARE, a local group that provides food and nutrition education assistance. In total, the company donated $81,000 to nine regional food banks.
"Our 90 days of giving enabled us to give back to our local communities and exemplified the enthusiastic and generous spirit of our associates, who we view as our best community ambassadors," Herring said.
David Javitch founded the chain in 1923 when he opened a two-man butcher shop called the Carlisle Meat Market. A decade later, Javitch purchased a store in Lewistown, Pa., and renamed it the Giant Shopping Food Center, introducing the new concept of dry goods and perishables under one roof. Growth continued, and the company purchased the Hagerstown, Md.-based Martin’s chain in 1970. The Javitch family sold the company to Ahold in 1981.