Dollar General Corp. has announced it now offers fresh produce options in more than 5,000 stores across the country. With this achievement, Dollar General says it has more individual points of produce distribution than any other U.S. mass retailer or grocer.
The retailer has worked for years toward reaching this milestone and now more than 5,000 stores carry the top 20 items typically sold in traditional grocery stores. This covers approximately 80% of the produce categories that most grocery stores traditionally provide.
Dollar General stores that carry produce offer consumers a curated assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, onions, apples, strawberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, salad mixes, and more.
While Dollar General has over 19,600 stores across the country, approximately 15,000 of those stores are located in communities with 20,000 or fewer people, many in rural areas, which makes Dollar General the primary store for many shoppers basic, every day and household essentials.
In a statement, Emily Taylor, the EVP, and chief merchandising officer at Dollar General, said “We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our customers, and one of our top priorities is to ensure the communities we call home have access to fresh, affordable and convenient food options.”
“We have exceeded our goal of having 5,000 total stores with fresh produce by January 2024. We’re proud to leverage our footprint to meet the need for healthy food options in more communities than any other retailer across the U.S.,” she added.