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Dollar General comes to Donnellson

November 25, 2016

DONNELLSON — The new library isn’t the only thing being built in Donnellson. Construction began last week for the Dollar General Store. According to Crystal Ghassemi, Dollar General Corporation spokesperson, the company is excited about the new venture.

“I’m happy to tell you we are under construction on a new store on Madison Avenue in Donnellson,” Ghassemi said. “Construction recently began and based on the current timeline, we anticipate the grand opening celebration in mid to late spring 2017. Obviously, construction progress can alter the timeline.”

Ghassemi said settling in Donnellson was primarily due to the customer base.

“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” Ghassemi said. “The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”

The store will employ approximately six to 10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store. Ghassemi said anyone interested in joining the store’s employees may apply for positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

Ghassemi said Dollar General sells quality name-brand and private label merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing.

“We also sell an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen foods,” Ghassemi said.

Giving back

According to Ghassemi, Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise as part of its mission of Serving Others.

“Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs,” Ghassemi said. “Since its inception in 1993, the DGLF has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or earn their high school equivalency test. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.