Fresh produce will be added to 200 Dollar General stores being remodeled next year.

Overall, Dollar General plans to remodel 1,000 stores and open 975 new ones in 2019, according to a news release.

CEO Todd Vasos said on the third-quarter earnings call Dec. 4 that recent remodels have been performing well and sales growth is particularly strong when produce is present.

Diversifying the product offering of the stores depending on the location is a strategy that Dollar General expects to continue to build sales in the coming years.

“We intentionally develop these additional formats to be able to move into certain demographics across the U.S. where a one-size-fits-all mentality is really not the way to be productive and to make the most of your real estate portfolio ... ” Vasos said. “Having those opportunities to put stores, for instance, with a produce selection in areas that are more food deserts in the U.S., both in the rural communities and by the way in more metro settings, we find that we can drive a tremendous amount of traffic that way.”

 

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