Coronavirus: Dollar General offers discounts to medical, first responders, National Guard

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Dollar General announced Monday it is offering 10% discounts to medical professionals, first responders and members of the National Guard, who are all on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.

The discount will be available at more than 16,300 Dollar General stores nationwide, the company said in a news release. To receive the discount, customers should present their employment badge or ID.

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The discount will be in effect through April 30, the company said. Dollar General said it would evaluate the situation regarding COVID-19 then, and will decide whether to issue an extension.

"At Dollar General, we are deeply appreciative for the ongoing and brave work that our medical professionals, first responder communities and National Guard activated continue to perform during these unprecedented times,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, said in a statement. “To demonstrate our heartfelt gratitude for these individuals’ tireless service to their communities, we are proud to help support them with this discount. "

The offer is not valid with additional Dollar General coupons, the company said. The discount also does not apply toward gift cards, phone cards, prepaid credit cards, lottery tickets, tobacco and alcohol products, prepaid wireless handsets and Rug Doctor rentals, the company said in its statement.

The company added it is earmarking $35 million in bonuses for employees who work during a six-week period that began in mid-March. Employees also received a 30% digital coupon discount through May 4, Dollar General said.