Dollar General Logo

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Dollar General has been in business since 1939 but did not get its current name until 1955. It used to be a family business known as JL Turner and Son and was built on wholesale groceries. Over time, the owners changed the format of the business to retail household goods, haberdashery and clothing. The retailer owns its brands of textiles, housewares, household chemicals, cosmetics, pet products, and food.

Meaning and History

Dollar General Logo History
Evolution of the Dollar General Logo

Dollar General got its name after a new concept that involved setting all prices at $1. The idea was inspired by Dollar Days, a popular marketing technique used by other department stores to attract customers.

As for Dollar General itself remains recognizable thanks to an identity system that hasn’t changed much since 1984. All of its logos necessarily contain lettering made up of massive bold letters. The arrangement of the words and the background is variable. More recently, the text is inside a yellow rectangle, distinguishing the retail chain from its competitors.

1955 – 1972

Dollar General Stores Logo 1955

In 1955, the owners of JL Turner and Son renamed their family business Dollar General and finally established department stores as retailers. The emblem presented reflected the new concept because the artists depicted a dollar bill that could be identified by a portrait of George Washington and the numbers in the lower corners. The bill had a serial number and signature for realism. Across it was the word “GENERAL STORES” written in a geometric font without serifs. The word “DOLLAR” was on five coins with the corresponding denomination at the top.

1966

Dollar General Stores Logo 1966

In 1966, another trademark appeared. It contained the inscription “DOLLAR GENERAL STORES” in the upper case. Although all the letters were capitalized, the first “D,” “G,” and “S” were almost half the size of the other characters. Black text occupied the space inside a gray rectangle with a border. There were small crosses in the two corners, making the logo look like a sign fixed around the edges.

1966 – 1967

Dollar General Stores Logo 1966-1967

The letters were aligned in height and repainted white in the same year. The background rectangle became black and very narrow so that there was no free space around the lettering.

1967 – 1972

Dollar General Stores Logo 1967

The designers made the background a dark gray and the text a light gray. They also changed the typeface slightly, stretching the letters vertically and adding a “G” extra stroke at the bottom.

1972 – 1984

Dollar General Stores Logo 1972

In 1972, the rectangle disappeared, so there was no need for a compact inscription. The word “DOLLAR” was enlarged and moved up, and the phrase “GENERAL STORES” took the second line. The letters “D” and “R” were decorated with small triangular serifs. The curves of both “S’s” on the right side formed a right angle.

1984 – 1995

Dollar General Stores Logo 1984

Again, the retail name had a rectangular base with rounded corners, so the words were regrouped. “DOLLAR” was moved to the left, GENERAL and STORES to the right, one under the other to save space. The background became yellow with a thin black frame.

1995 – 2009

Dollar General Logo 1995

After a small rebranding, the logo was simplified. Gone are the words “STORES” allowing “DOLLAR GENERAL” to be on one line. The black color of the inscription turned gray. Seeking minimalism, the designers removed the dark outline and made the corners of the base straight.

2009 – today

Dollar General Logo

In 2009 Dollar General entered a new era. It was marked by a redesign that gave the logo a modern look. First, it changed the font: the proportions of letters began to be symmetrical, which was lacking before. The designers kept the traditional “D” serif, though now it is rectangular instead of triangular. The yellow base is now uneven: it has rounded corners and a concave inside the middle.

Font and Colors of the Emblem

Dollar General Emblem

Dollar General’s wordmark resembles a sign, so it’s perfect for a chain store. Over the years, it has evolved to eventually take an unusual shape that only remotely resembles the original rectangle. This was all done for marketing purposes because rounded corners evoke subconscious consumer confidence.

The font that is now used for the Dollar General logo is called FS Lola Bold. Its developer Phil Garnham tried to create a sans serif grotesque, but in the process, he realized that he was getting a kind of “semi-Antiqua” – letters with half-serifs. The typographer went even further and combined contrasting elements represented by soft roundings and angular edges.

Dollar General Symbol

The traditional color of the retail chain since 1984 is yellow. Dollar General’s corporate identity combines this bright hue with its gloomy antagonist, black, which is the color the company’s name is written in.