in the South or Midwest that is too small to have a Wal-mart likely will
have a Dollar General Store instead. To small-town folks, the
yellow-and-black Dollar General sign ("The Town's Most Unusual Store") is
a familiar sight.
Dollar General, pre-dating Wal-Mart by some 30 years,
was one of the first chain discount stores. Dollar Generals are
considerably smaller than Wal-Marts or K-Marts, but they sell much the same
type dry goods. Today, many towns that have new Wal-Marts continue
to have thriving Dollar General Stores.
Dollar General was started by a native of southern Kentucky,
Cal Turner, in a storefront in Scottsville, a small town near the Tennessee
line. The chain now has more than than 5,000 stores. For many
years, Turner ran the Dollar General empire from Scottsville. The corporate
headquarters have since moved to Nashville, but there still is a distribution
center in Scottsville. And of course, there's a Dollar General Store