Dollar General is expanding its presence to 46 states throughout the US with the construction of new stores in Washington and Wyoming.

The initial stores currently under construction are in Centralia, Washington (Lewis County); Cathlamet, Washington (Wahkiakum County) and Pine Bluffs, Wyoming (Laramie County).

The stores are due to be inaugurated in the 2020 fiscal year. Each new store is expected to employ around six to ten people, based on the facility’s individual requirements.

Dollar General real estate and store development senior vice-president Dan Nieser said: “We look forward to expanding our footprint into Washington and Wyoming and the opportunity to serve new customers with value and convenience through our mission of Serving Others.

“At Dollar General, our customers are at the centre of all we do. We believe the addition of each new Dollar General store presents positive economic growth for the communities we serve through the creation of local career opportunities and the ability for customers to purchase affordable, quality items in our easy-to-shop, small box format.”

Dollar General operates 16,000 locations with 140,000 employees. The company offers carefully curated merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items, refrigerated and frozen foods.

As of 2 August, the retail firm operated 15,836 stores in 44 states. Apart from high-quality private brands, the company sells products from manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo.