Dollar General hires chief medical officer, boosts health-care items


A customer enters a Dollar General Corp. store in Colona, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

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Dollar General said Wednesday that it has hired its first chief medical officer and will add products like cold and cough medication and dental supplies to shelves as it aims to become a health-care destination.

CEO Todd Vasos said the company’s new push is inspired by customers who said they want more convenient and affordable health-care products and services.

“Our goal is to build and enhance affordable healthcare offerings for our customers, especially in the rural communities we serve,” he said in a press release.

The fast-growing discounter has…


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