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(CNN) – Dollar General plans to hire 20,000 workers this spring as the discount chain continues to expand during the pandemic.
The company announced on Wednesday that it would hire full-time and part-time workers in stores and distribution centers, as well as drivers for its private fleet of trucks. Dollar General does not disclose its minimum wage for workers, but says it offers “competitive wages and benefits.”
Dollar General has more than 17,000 US branches and employed 158,000 as of February 26. The chain has done well over the past decade, opening 1,050 stores this year, similar to the number of stores it has opened in recent years. This recent hiring frenzy will add 13% to Dollar General’s workforce.
The company’s hiring plans symbolized the growth of discount stores and Dollar General’s market share gains, Jefferies’ analyst Corey Tarlowe said in a statement to customers on Wednesday.
Although many retailers struggled during the pandemic, Dollar General boomed as economically troubled shoppers turned to discount stores for groceries and household items.
Dollar General’s sales in stores that have been open for at least a year increased 16.3% year over year in 2020, and profit increased 55%.
The company announced last month that it plans to open an additional 17,000 stores in the US over the long term, doubling the total number of its stores. That number includes up to 3,000 Popshelf stores targeting wealthier customers than the company’s main customer base.
Rival Dollar Tree said last week that it is hiring thousands of workers in human resources stores and distribution centers as it grows. Dollar Tree will open 600 new stores this year.