Dollar Gen. founder Turner, 85
November 20, 2000,
SCOTTSVILLE, KY -Dollar General founder Cal Turner Sr. died last week at age 85.
By 1955, the operation had converted to retail, and Turner decided to convert the store to a format under which every day was a "dollar day" sales event. The concept proved to be a good one, and the company grew steadily thereafter.
Today, Dollar General operates more than 4,800 stores in 25 states and records annual sales of more than $3.9 billion. Turner's son, Cal Turner Jr., succeeded him as president in 1977, while the senior Turner took the title of chairman, a position from which he retired in 1989.