Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

      Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 16, 2002

                           Dollar General Corporation

               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

        Tennessee                       001-11421               61-0502302
(State or Other Jurisdiction of   (Commission File Number)  (I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation)                                               Identification No.)

    100 Mission Ridge
 Goodlettsville, Tennessee                                       37072
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                      (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (615) 855-4000

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


On September 16, 2002, Dollar General  Corporation (the "Company") issued a news
release  announcing that it has formed a special committee to search for a Chief
Executive  Officer to succeed  current  CEO Cal  Turner,  Jr. A copy of the news
release is attached hereto and is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 99.1.


Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
Registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                       Dollar General Corporation
September 16, 2002                     By: /s/ Susan S. Lanigan
                                                 Susan S. Lanigan
                                                 Vice President, General Counsel
                                                 and Corporate Secretary

Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.                Item

99.1     News release of September 16, 2002