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Dollar General Buys 41 Former Walmart Express Stores

Dollar General is expanding its location portfolio.

The value shopper chain revealed Wednesday that it purchased 41 former Walmart Express stores across 11 states. Dollar General expects to relocate 40 of its own stores into the newly purchased sites by October 2016. This major move will also expose Dollar General to a new market.

Communities of the newly-relocated stores will experience a fresh “DG16” layout and additional sales floor space. Meat and produce will now be available to consumers that desire more grocery product variety. Fueling stations will also be included at 37 of the 41 locations.

“Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base,” said Dollar General chief executive Todd Vasos. “We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our customers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General.

This acquisition includes former Walmart Express locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. Earlier this year, Dollar General said it will operate nearly 15,000 locations by 2017. As of April 29, the chain’s tally was 12,719 stores in 43 states.