Hurley Calister Turner
May 28, 1915
Macon County, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||November 20, 2000 (aged 85)|
Scottsville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Laura Katherine Goad|
Cal Turner Jr.
|Parent(s)||James Luther Turner|
Hurley Calister "Cal" Turner (May 28, 1915 - November 20, 2000) was an American businessman. He was the founder of Dollar General.
Cal Turner was born on May 28, 1915 in Macon County, Tennessee. His father, James Luther Turner, was a traveling salesman who, during the Great Depression, found success selling-off store inventories before the stores had to close down.
Turner co-founded J. L. Turner & Son Wholesale with his father, J.L. Turner, in Scottsville, Kentucky in 1939. It later became known as Dollar General, a chain of dollar stores. He listed it on the New York Stock Exchange in 1968. He retired in 1989. By the time of his death, it had "4,800 discount stores in 25 states."
Turner endowed the Turner Family Scholarships for Dollar General employees in 1999.
- Martin, Douglas (November 20, 2000). "Cal Turner, 85; Founded Dollar General". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
- "Cal Turner Program For Moral Leadership in the Professions: Cal Turner Jr.: Chairman, Cal Turner Family Foundation". The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
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