Dollar General Exec Retiring

Guion previously was with 7-Eleven, E-Z Serve, Duke & Long

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- Dollar General Corp. has announced that Kathleen Guion, division president of store operations and store development, has announced that she plans to retire from the company effective July 31, 2012.

"Over the last eight years, Kathleen has been instrumental in helping build a stronger Dollar General that is well positioned for the future," said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO. "She has provided effective and innovative leadership of store operations and store development during a period of tremendous growth for Dollar General. Kathleen is a world-class [image-nocss] operator; and, more importantly, she has been an outstanding business partner and a great friend to me. On behalf of Dollar General, I would like to recognize and thank Kathleen for her many accomplishments and her service to Dollar General and its customers."

In her tenure with Dollar General, Guion has successfully overseen more than 9,500 stores in 35 states and revamped the company's real estate strategy. Before assuming her current role in November 2005, Guion served as executive vice president of store operations.

Prior to joining Dollar General in 2003, she served as president and CEO of Duke & Long Distributing Co. Additionally, Guion has held a variety of operations and general management posts throughout her career including president and COO of E-Z Serve convenience stores and as divisional vice president at 7-Eleven.

Guion will continue in her current role through December 31, 2011, as the company conducts a search for her replacement and transitions her store operations duties. From January 1, 2012, to her retirement, she will be responsible for transitioning her real-estate growth and development responsibilities and for assisting the company in its strategic planning.

Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General offers products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations.