Dollar General eyes bigger presence in health care

Discount retailer forms advisory panel of experts to help develop health and wellness services


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Jul 29, 2022


In what could be a competitive shot across the bow for drugstores, Dollar General has formed a committee to explore ways to expand its health care offerings.


The discount store giant said yesterday that it has created the Healthcare Advisory Panel, a body of health care industry subject-matter experts who will serve as “thought partners” and strategists in helping Dollar General develop its strategy and best invest its resources in the health and wellness arena.


Last July, Dollar General had unveiled plans to grow its health care business to meet more customer needs and establish itself as a health care destination. The effort included an increased assortment of cough and cold, dental, nutritional, medical, health aids and feminine hygiene products across many Dollar General stores.


In addition, Dollar General hired Dr. Albert Wu from McKinsey & Co. for the newly created post of vice president and chief medical officer. In the role, Wu is charged with establishing and bolstering relationships with health care product and service providers to “build a comprehensive network of affordable services for DG customers,” according to Dollar General. The retailer noted at the time that 75% of the U.S. population lives within about five miles from a Dollar General store, providing unique access to rural and other communities often underserved in the current health care ecosystem...