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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN-Pleased with the success of its first five remodeled stores, Dollar General Corp. will begin rolling out its remodeling program this month, executives said at the company’s first quarter conference call.

All new stores, remodels and relocations will sport the new look (featuring fresh paint and wider aisles), with approximately 250 to 300 stores to be remodeled this year. In addition, the company plans 450 new stores this year, 104 of which were opened in the first quarter. The new units are contributing quickly to a significant sales increase, said Rick Dreiling, chairman and chief executive officer.

“Our real estate people have become increasingly analytical over the last couple of years,” Dreiling said. “Our new stores are more productive and ramping up faster.”

Sales for the quarter were $2.78 billion, up 15.7% from the first quarter of 2009. Same-store sales increased 13.3% percent for the quarter. Net income was $83 million, up from $5.9 million in the prior-year quarter.

As of May 1, 2009, Dollar General operates 8,462 neighborhood stores, located in 35 states.

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