NEW YORK (
is playing the contrarian with its plan to open 600 new stores, creating 5,000 jobs.
Those new positions follow the 4,000 new hires it made during 2009.
By contrast, retailers like
have announced plans to shutter underperforming stores and lay off thousands of employees.
Shares of Dollar General were falling 4.7% to $22.71 in afternoon trading amid a broad decline in U.S. equities.
. Previously it had announced 11,200 job cuts from its Sam's Club stores.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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