Dozens of aisles with housewares, fresh produce and toys as well as arts and crafts are all found in Dollar General’s largest US store.
Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the store spans 39,000 square feet – the equivalent of more than eight standard NBA basketball courts.
As inflation pushes more and more shoppers to find cheaper food, The Sun took a look inside the biggest dollar store of them all.
Dollar General is the largest dollar store chain in the United States with 18,000 branches, followed by Dollar Tree with approximately 16,000 stores.
While its rival raised most prices to at least $1.25 late last year, Dollar General has so far resisted and kept many items at $1.
That’s good news for shoppers, who can buy everything from groceries and cleaning supplies to beauty products and home decor on the cheap.
Contrary to what shoppers may think, you can actually find most of the grocery items you’ll need for the week at the dollar store.
From fruits and vegetables to milk, meat and staples, photos of its largest store show shoppers are spoiled for choice.
In fact, Dollar General told The Sun that its most popular products are greeting cards, bananas and soft drinks as well as its own brand Clover Valley milk, eggs, bottled water and bread. .
The chain’s largest store on Emory Road opened in December 2004 and was later refurbished in October 2021 to incorporate the Popshelf store concept into a store with arts and crafts.
How much can DG’s own brand save you?
Dollar General declined to share prices for its Clover Valley everyday essentials at its Knoxville store, and they are not available online.
Instead, he recommended shoppers check their local stores.
In terms of non-fresh produce, Dollar General has listed 24 oz bottles of Clover Valley ketchup for $1. on linewhile Walmart’s Great Value brand costs $1.18 in the Knoxville area, almost 20% more.
We also found several examples where Target’s Good & Gather or Walmart’s Great Value brands, or both, will save you money.
This includes a gallon of water, chocolate chip cookies, pasta, and canned beans.
As always, you should shop around as prices vary by location and chain.
Still, as costs skyrocket and dollar stores grow in popularity, it might be worth adding your nearest one as a potential source of groceries.
In fact, one TikToker said she could eat for just $15 a week while shopping at Dollar General.
Todd Vasos, managing director of Dollar General, also revealed last month that he is now attracting consumers earning $100,000 a year.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, Dollar General shoppers were spending an average of just $16 per store.
Best ways to get discounts
Many TikTokers recommend shopping at Dollar General on Saturdays to use special coupons.
These coupons offer $5 off a $25 purchase and can be combined with other coupons to maximize your savings.
However, James Wyatt, a district manager who leads 20 store managers and their teams in Knoxville, told The Sun: “As an everyday low-cost retailer, we believe any day is the best. to do shopping.
“Our customers know they can find deals every day in-store and through the DG app with DG digital coupons, in addition to any promotional events we may run.”
Customers can easily register online for the digital coupon program or access offers on the mobile app.
Then simply load the coupons into the account and redeem them at checkout on your next visit.
Best time to shop
Store hours vary by location, but Dollar General’s Largest Store welcomes buyers between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day.
On Emory Road, the shelves are continually replenished daily or as needed.
Clearance events are held throughout the year.
However, for competitive reasons, Dollar General declined to share the specific schedule.
If you want to avoid the crowds, it’s best not to shop at the Emory Road store between 4-6pm on weekdays.
On Saturdays and Sundays, the store is usually busiest around 1 and 2 p.m.
You can get an idea of when your own local store is busiest by using Google’s “popular times” tool.
In other Dollar General news, a customer shared how she bought $25 worth of products for just $2.
Additionally, another revealed 21 items you can get for just a penny.