Published: Jan 03, 2011 8:07 PM EST
Updated: Jan 03, 2011 5:08 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Here's some good jobs news for the new year: Dollar General is creating  six-thousand new jobs this year.  The discount retailer said it plans to open more than 600 new stores during the  fiscal year.

In addition to the 35 states where Dollar General already operates, the retailer will open stores in Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire.  It is also planning to "remodel or relocate" 550 stores.

According to Dollar General's website, the Tennessee-based company currently operates six stores in Ft. Myers, two in Cape Coral, one in Lehigh Acres, and one in Naples.  No word yet how the planned expansions could impact Southwest Florida.