Dollar General Plans Expansion of Ardmore Distribution Center

Expansion Expected to Create Approximately 100 New Jobs in 2004

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Jan 27, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced today that it intends to begin construction this month to expand its distribution center in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The expansion is expected to generate approximately 100 new jobs. The construction at the distribution center located at 401 General Drive in the Ardmore Industrial Airpark, is scheduled to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2004.

"Since its opening in 1995, the Ardmore Distribution Center and its employees have been instrumental in our ability to efficiently serve our stores in the mid- and southwest," said Vice President of Distribution Jeff Sims, in making the announcement. "Dollar General opened 673 new stores in the 2003 fiscal year and announced plans to open 675 more in 2004. At our current rate of growth, we must have a solid distribution network in place to support our chain of stores. This expansion, along with the conversion from a single to a dual sortation system and the additional employees, will expand our capacity to serve these future stores. The Ardmore community has been consistent in its strong support of Dollar General, and we look forward to that level of support continuing in the coming years."

"We are excited about the opportunity to bring these additional jobs to the Ardmore community," said Riley Seals, Ardmore Distribution Center manager. "Our success with this distribution center is due in great part to the quality of employees we have here and their dedication to our company. Thanks to the quality employees, we expect no interruption in service to the stores our distribution center currently supports."

About the Ardmore Distribution Center

In February 1994, Dollar General announced plans to build a 510,000 square-foot distribution center in Ardmore, and in 1995, the Company and the community celebrated the grand opening. The Company has expanded the Ardmore facility twice before, once in 1995 and again in 1999. The Ardmore Distribution Center currently employs approximately 600 people.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a Fortune 500® discount retailer with 6,706 neighborhood stores in 27 states as of January 2, 2004. Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers, by offering consumable basics, items that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as a selection of basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The typical Dollar General store has 6,750 square feet of selling space and is located within five miles of its target customers.

This press release contains forward-looking information, including information regarding the expected construction schedule for the expansion of the Ardmore Distribution Center, the employment needs anticipated to be generated thereby, the expectation that service to our stores will not be interrupted, and anticipated new store growth. The words "intends," "anticipates," "scheduled," "expected," "plan," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. The Company believes the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, any of the assumptions could be inaccurate, and, therefore, actual results may differ materially from those projected by, or implied in, the forward-looking statements. A number of factors may result in actual results differing from such forward-looking information, including, but not limited to transportation delays or interruptions, inclement weather, interruptions in the contractor's or any subcontractor's business, the ability to hire and train qualified employees, and other factors that could delay the construction schedule.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

SOURCE Dollar General Corporation

Emma Jo Kauffman, Investor Contact, +1-615-855-5525, or Andrea Ewin Turner, Media Contact, +1-615-855-5209, both of Dollar General Corporation

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