26. DAVID PERDUE

Key developments: Continued opening Market format stores, added fresh foods in other stores.What's next: Opening 30 more Dollar General Markets by the end of January.David Perdue Jr. pushed Dollar General into the fresh-food business, and he isn't stopping.Perdue's decision to take a Fortune 500 value store and add fresh foods to boost foot traffic significantly appears to be working.A May 2005 company

Key developments: Continued opening Market format stores, added fresh foods in other stores.

What's next: Opening 30 more Dollar General Markets by the end of January.

David Perdue Jr. pushed Dollar General into the fresh-food business, and he isn't stopping.

Perdue's decision to take a Fortune 500 value store and add fresh foods to boost foot traffic significantly appears to be working.

A May 2005 company report, showing total year-to-date sales up 12

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