Is Dollar General A Franchise? [All You Need To Know] 

With over 140,000 employees and over 16,000 stores, Dollar General is continuing to offer affordable prices on everyday products for their millions of customers.

But, you may be wondering if Dollar General operates as a franchise. Here is everything I have managed to find out!

Is Dollar General A Franchise? 

Dollar General does not offer any franchising opportunities for those looking to start their own Dollar General store. However, Dollar General is open to the idea of operating franchised stores for select people, but this is typically reserved for those who are already managing a store. 

Read on to find out more about the Dollar General Franchise business!

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Dollar General Franchise?

In order to open a franchise under any well-known brand name, franchisees will need to pay a franchising fee, which can range massively from around $10K to $150K.

However, Dollar General has not publically stated how much it costs to start a franchise, so this is just an estimate.

Additionally, from our research, it seems that Dollar General only opens a select handful of franchise stores to their existing workforce. So, unfortunately, those outside of the Dollar General company cannot apply open a franchise.

How Much Can Be Made From Running A Dollar General Franchise? 

Dollar General franchise managers can typically make around $139,514 every year. However, this salary can vary greatly from franchise to franchise, however.

Can A Dollar General Franchise Be Opened Online?

Dollar General does not offer an online franchise establishing service, but they do offer a sizable affiliate program, which allows website owners to advertise and sell Dollar General products through their own website.

Members of the Dollar General affiliate program can earn a 5% referral fee on all products sold!

Who Owns The Dollar General Company? 

In 2007, Dollar General was purchased outright for $6.9 billion by an investment group consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and Citigroup Private Equity.

How Do You Become A Dollar General Affiliate? 

Those who wish to join the Dollar General affiliate program can choose to fill out an online application form that has details regarding the website’s content type, as well as the general traffic that the website receives on average.

If an application is successful, then Dollar General will send over all that is needed to get started, such as Logos, banners, and product links.

To learn more about DG, you can see my comprehensive post on statistics and facts about Dollar General and why they are so cheap.

Alternatively, you can also read up on whether Walgreens and Walmart have a franchise business model.


No. Dollar General is not a franchise. Dollar General as a company operates the vast majority of their stores. However, Dollar General is not against opening franchised stores. The number of franchised Dollar General stores is not public knowledge.  

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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