Dollar General Announces Reopening of Store on Kings Road in Jacksonville
Jan 12, 2024
Retailer Continues Support of Employees, Local Community;
Provides $2.5M+ Charitable Commitment Details
Goodlettsville, Tennessee – January 12, 2024 – Dollar General reopened its store at 2161 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida today. The completely renovated store features thoughtful product, design and service enhancements including fresh produce and an expanded selection of food items. The Company’s decision to update the store offerings evolved from months of listening to employees, community members, neighbors and local Jacksonville leaders.
“It was important to take the necessary time to listen to and evaluate feedback from employees and the community, which informed not only the store’s upgrades, but also our efforts to reopen the store in a respectful and thoughtful manner,” said Julie Martin, Dollar General divisional vice president of store operations. “We continue to provide support, counseling and outreach where needed in Jacksonville and are pleased to once again serve our Kings Road neighbors.”
"I am grateful that Dollar General is reopening its Kings Road store with an expanded selection of fresh produce and other items. The City of Jacksonville appreciates their valued partnership to respond to the community's immediate and long-term needs,” shared Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan.
Dollar General also shared additional details related to its charitable commitment of more than $2.5 million to efforts and organizations focused on healing and hope for Jacksonville, including previously-announced donations of:
· $500,000 to the First Coast Relief Fund to support the community in the near and long-term as it works to recover from the tragedy and
· $1 million Company pledge to match donations to its Employee Assistance Foundation, which aids members of the DG family in specified times of need.
The additional $1 million to support non-profit and community organizations was informed by conversations with community and business leaders, non-profits and charitable groups, employees, and local neighbors regarding how the funds can be used to help the community heal and rebuild. As a result, the donation will support non-profits focused on serving the Kings Road and nearby neighborhoods through revitalization efforts, education, unity, mental health and hunger relief as detailed below:
· United Way of Northeast Florida to help advance education and workforce development initiatives
· Duval County Public Schools for literacy intervention and remediation services, tutoring programs and mentoring
· New Town Success Zone to enhance and expand education programs
· Northwest Behavioral Health Services, Inc. to help advance individual and family well-being
· Feeding Northeast Florida to help address food insecurity and hunger needs
· The Hub to support education and hunger relief efforts
· The Public Trust for Conservation for revitalization of Success Park and ‘Urban Farmacy’
Last fall, Dollar General also made a $50,000 donation to Feeding Northeast Florida to help address food insecurity while the Kings Road store was closed. DG also partnered with the organization to provide the Kings Road community with approximately 400 Thanksgiving meals and additional products during food distributions in November and December.
“We want to be a part of the path forward for our DG family and the Kings Road neighborhood,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. “We are grateful for many candid and transparent conversations with community and business leaders, non-profits and charitable groups, employees, and neighbors. Their feedback helped inform how our donations could best support the collective community, now and into the future.”
The Kings Road store plans to operate under normal business hours of 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Any updates or changes to store hours may be found at DG.com. The addition of produce to the Kings Road store brings the number of Dollar General stores in Jacksonville offering fresh produce to more than 15 as of year end 2023.
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of November 3, 2023, the Company’s 19,726 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.
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