New Year’s Solution: Dollar General Adding Hundreds of Stores

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Locals celebrate the September 2009 opening of a Dollar General store in Clifton, N.J.

Whether you’re looking for a bargain or a job, one company has started off 2011 with a plan for both parties.

As consumers work their way out of the holiday spending season, Dollar General has extended some holiday cheer directly into the New Year. The discount retailer announced on Monday that it plans to open 625 new stores this year, generating 6,000 fresh jobs in the process.

(See the top 10 business deals of 2010.)

Among the highlights — the company is expanding its 35-state savings platform to three more members of the Union. Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire will all open their first locations in 2011, bringing some Northeastern flavor to the Tennessee-based chain.

Still not sold on joining the dollar-store brigade? Check out TIME staff writer Sean Gregory’s piece on how dollar stores are giving consumers more bang for their buck. His Charlotte-based story includes interviews with executives at Dollar General and some of its competitors, revealing how these companies compete against Walmart and other economic giants.

(See more money-saving deals at TIME’s ‘It’s Your Money’ blog.)