Dollar General announced this summer that it purchased 41 former Walmart Express stores and would relocate 40 existing stores to these sites this fall. Walmart Express was the small format concept that Walmart abandoned last year. At 12,000 - 16,000 square feet, they are significantly larger than traditional Dollar General stores, so the sites will allow for the larger "DG16" format, which include additional coolers and other store enhancements.
According to Dollar General, "the DG16 layout is designed to expand traffic-building categories in a more customer-friendly format with faster checkout." Initial rollout of the format has reportedly increased sales of perishables and front-end items.
The acquired stores are generally in the southern U.S.