Were cluttered aisles in Dollar General an issue during racist attack? OSHA investigating
Federal inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are joining the investigation weeks after a 21-year-old white gunman shot and killed three Black residents at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville’s New Town neighborhood.
Beaches community plans vigil focused on healing after racially motivated attack at Dollar General
The Beaches community plans to come together Tuesday night for a prayer vigil to focus on healing after a racially motivated shooting at a Jacksonville Dollar General that investigators have called a hate crime.
Devoted, loving father: Sister shares memories of brother who was killed in racially-motivated triple murder
The sister of Jerrald Gallion, one of the three victims killed in Saturday’s hate crime shooting, shared her memories of her brother who was killed by a “racially-motivated” shooter while entering a Jacksonville Dollar General store on Saturday.
Man who killed 3 at a Dollar General in Jacksonville used to work at a dollar store, sheriff says
The Jacksonville sheriff says the gunman who killed three people at a Dollar General used to work at a dollar store and had stopped in at one before a security guard’s presence apparently led him elsewhere.
The Jacksonville shooter killed a devoted dad, a beloved mom and a teen helping support his family
Three people killed in a weekend shooting at a Florida discount store are being remembered as a devoted father, a beloved mother and a 19-year-old working to help support his grandmother and younger siblings.
EWU students, security guard hailed as heroes who prevented further tragedy by spotting racist shooter on campus
Minutes before the man described as a “white supremacist” shot and killed three Black Jacksonville residents inside a Dollar General store in New Town on Saturday, students at Edward Waters University first spotted the man on their campus putting on what they described as gloves and a tactical armored vest.
‘He could have killed us’: Young mother says Dollar General shooter told her to ‘run’ if she wanted to live
A young mother recalls the moment she thought was going to be her last when she was trapped in the Dollar General with her 2-year-old daughter with a 21-year-old shooter who killed three people in a racially-motivated attack.
Hate crime: 3 killed in shooting at Jacksonville store by gunman with swastika-painted AR-15
Three people are dead after what Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said was a “racially-motivated” shooting that is being called a hate crime by the FBI at a Dollar General on Kings Road that prompted heavy police and SWAT response in Northwest Jacksonville.
Police locate person who took off from Dollar General with shopping bag filled with money, Oreos, Mountain Dew: JSO
A person was taken into custody Monday morning after robbing a Dollar General store on the city’s Northside while armed and taking off with a shopping bag filled with money, cookies and a soft drink, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Instacart, others push incentives to get workers vaccinated
Dollar General is one of the first major companies to announce extra pay for workers who get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots. Instacart Inc., the grocery delivery service, announced Thursday that it would provide a $25 stipend for workers who get the COVID-19 vaccine. It joins others, including Trader Joe's and Dollar General, which plan to pay workers extra if they get vaccinated. Those challenges provide a strong incentive for companies to get their workers vaccinated, said Laura Boudreau, an economics professor at Columbia Business School who specializes in labor rights.
The Fresh Market: 1st hour of business dedicated to senior, most at risk customers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Fresh Market announced the first hour of business, Monday through Friday, will be designated for the shopping needs of senior customers, and those who are most at risk to COVID-19. The company released a statement on Tuesday that the stores will remain stocked and clean. RELATED | Dollar General: 1st hour of business to be dedicated to senior customers“Despite the uncertainty of this unfolding situation related to coronavirus containment efforts, The Fresh Market is committed to remaining open and well-stocked, while maintaining the highest standards of store cleanliness and safety for our guests and team members.”For more information, click here.
Is This the World's Worst Burglar? Ohio Cops Seek Suspect Who Clumsily Robbed Dollar General
Police in Columbus, Ohio, are looking for a bandit they've dubbed the "Bobcat Burglar." The thief was captured on camera repeatedly failing to break into a Dollar General store. First, the suspect tried to break a glass door using a cinder block. That didn't work. Still, the Bobcat Burglar took alcohol, food, cigarettes and electronics from the store.
Dollar General's new beauty brand goes viral
But Dollar General's humble, $5-and-under cosmetics line has gone viral, thanks to social media beauty bloggers. Dollar General executives say they developed the brand to bolster the company's hold on existing customers and improve its thin profit margins. "We're seeing really good results," Dollar General CFO John Garratt said at a presentation in June. Dollar General added its own beauty brand to an industry that is surging. Dollar General is following a similar strategy to Walgreens, Target, Zara, Forever 21 and even 7-Eleven.
Dollar stores face growing scrutiny
Yet a wave of cities and towns have passed laws curbing the expansion of Dollar General and Dollar Tree, which bought Family Dollar in 2015. Advocates of tighter controls on dollar stores say the big chains intentionally cluster multiple stores in low-income areas. Dollar General and its dollar store rivals mostly sell snacks, drinks, canned foods and vegetables, household supplies and personal care products at rock-bottom prices. Dollar stores can open quickly in new areas because they are small and have lower operating costs than grocery stores. Family-owned grocery stores operate at razor-thin profit margins and dollar stores can pressure them with lower prices, experts say.
Dollar General has new strategy to win wealthier shoppers
Dollar General has become a dominant force in retail by offering everyday items at rock-bottom prices, often in remote areas of the country. Dollar General is looking for other ways to draw customers in an effort to capitalize on rival Dollar Tree's struggles. Dollar Tree gets a higher percentage of its sales from home products and party goods than Dollar General, and Dollar General sees an opportunity to gain market share from its competitor, noted Karen Short, analyst at Barclays. Dollar General is also adding produce sections, healthier snacks and a new private-label cosmetics brand to thousands of stores to woo shoppers. Dollar General recently struck partnerships with FedEx for package drop-offs and pickups and Western Union for wire transfers in stores.
Inspectors find rural Georgia store infested with roaches
DOUGLAS, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Agriculture has ordered a Dollar General store in rural south Georgia to stop selling food after inspectors found the store infested with roaches. WALB-TV reported state inspectors discovered the roach infestation at the Dollar General in Douglas after responding to a customers complaint. Agriculture department spokeswoman Julie McPeak says investigators confirmed the roach problem and store managers were ordered to throw out any food or drinks that might have been affected. The store is prohibited from selling food until it passes a follow-up inspection. Dollar Generals corporate headquarters said in a statement it is working diligently to resolve unsatisfactory conditions at our store in Douglas, which did not meet our standards and expectations.Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.