Dollar General to open stores in Madera, Chowchilla

Dollar General stores to open in Madera and Chowchilla next springDollar General stores to open in Madera and Chowchilla next springSince opening two stores in the Fresno area earlier this year, retail chain Dollar General continues to expand its presence in the Central Valley with stores on the way in Madera and Chowchilla.

A lease has been signed and construction is underway to convert Chowchilla's former Save Mart Supermarket at 1225 E. Robertson Blvd. into a roughly 19,000 square-foot Dollar General Market selling general merchandise and groceries and employing up to 40 people.

In Madera, Dollar General has purchased land at Highway 145 and Gary Lane on which to build a smaller 10,000 square-foot Dollar General Plus store selling mostly general merchandise and employing around 10.

Both stores are expected to be open by next spring. Those interested in employment at any of the stores can apply on Dollar General's website at and clicking on the "Careers" link.

Crystal Ghassemi, spokesperson with Dollar General, said the retailer is near its goal of having 50 stores open in California by the end of the year, while an additional 50 are in line next year.

"Basically what Dollar General is looking to do when we come into any community is to provide convenient locations in which to serve our customers," she said. "We have research that shows the majority of our customers live within three to five miles, or a ten-minute drive, from our stores."

Earlier this year, Dollar General opened a market-format store in the former Save Mart building at the corner of Bullard and Minnewawa avenues in Clovis and another at Fruit and McKinley avenues in Fresno as well as one at 2033 Tully Road in Modesto.

Sources with Commercial Retail Associates said more than a dozen are on their way in the Central San Joaquin Valley over the next few years, including one in Porterville.

Nationwide, the company has more than 10,000 stores in 35 states, mostly east of the Rocky Mountains.