Dollar General is looking for a few good…

Dollar General is on the hunt for some new suppliers — but it has a few caveats.

The discounter will hold its first-ever Innovation and Supplier Diversity Summit in April. The event is designed to pair potential vendors with respective buyers and category managers from the chain. It is open to new suppliers and also those who have not sold products to the company within the past 18 months.

In addition, in order to be eligible to attend, suppliers must sell items in at least one of the following categories:

• Beauty, personal care and over-the-counter/wellness
• General merchandise/all non-food
• Grocery

To apply, interested companies must submit their product information at from Tuesday, Jan. 30 through end of day on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Selected companies will be subject to a $500 participation fee and notified via email by Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) of the time, date and location of their meeting with a member of the Dollar General merchandising team.

“Having the right products to best meet our customers’ needs is a foundational cornerstone at Dollar General,” said Jason Reiser, Dollar General’s executive VP and chief merchandising officer. “As such, we look forward to meeting with potential new vendors, learning about relevant products for our customers and expanding the number of unique and specialized offerings available in our stores.”

Dollar General operated 14,321 stores in 44 states as of Nov. 3, 2017.