Dollar General is joining those retailers hiring more workers to meet demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based discount chain said Monday that “heightened demand for household essentials” sold across its 16,300-plus stores has led the company to “nearly double its normal hiring rate” and hire up 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, in a statement Monday.
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Most of the jobs are anticipated to be temporary, the company says. But some new hires could become permanent. “While Dollar General currently anticipates the majority of these roles to be temporary, the Company has a strong track record of career growth and anticipates providing long-term career growth opportunities to some of these new employees,” the company’s announcement said.
Last week, Dollar General announced it would begin dedicating the first hour of business to senior shoppers and start closing stores an hour early to give employees time to clean the store.
Many businesses have closed during the coronavirus – as a way to prevent its spread among employees and clients or customers – while others particularly in the travel and service industry have cut jobs.
But other businesses such as Amazon and Walmart have begun adding workers to meet demand. Most recently, CVS on Monday said it was hiring 50,000 more workers to fill positions in its stores, deliver prescriptions and fill other jobs.
Working for Dollar General could be an option for those who have lost other jobs, Reardon said. “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,” she said.
Dollar General, which has stores in 44 states, currently has more than 143,000 employees, up from 105,000 in February 2015.
Those interested in knowing more about jobs at Dollar General can learn more about the company at dollargeneral.com/careers and see positions open on the company’s online job map.
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