0207 Dollar General

Construction is underway on a new Dollar General store in eastern Burke County.

CONNELLY SPRINGS — Another convenient option for shoppers is coming to eastern Burke County with a new Dollar General store scheduled to open this spring.

The store will be located on U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs near the Icard community. The Dollar General will be the third in Connelly Springs and the 16th for Burke County, along with nine in Morganton and one apiece in Valdese, Hildebran, Glen Alpine and Hickory.

Mary Kathryn Colbert, who works in public relations for Dollar General, said via email that a grand opening is slated for early spring, but that the date could be altered depending on construction progress. The company plans to send out a press release about one week before the grand opening with additional information.

“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” Colbert 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 3-5 mile radius, or 10 minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”

The new Connelly Springs location will have an expanded cooler section and will hire about 6-10 employees, Colbert said. Those who are interested in working at Dollar General can go to the careers section of the company’s website at bit.ly/2AqPesP. Hours for Dollar General stores typically are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Dollar General sells quality name-brand and private brand merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing,” Colbert said. “We also sell an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen foods.

“In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Procter and Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.”

Colbert also noted Dollar General’s commitment to community, saying the company 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.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports individuals in the communities that Dollar General stores serve who may be interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test,” Colbert said. “Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online or (with) a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for information is available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.”

For more information about the company, visit dollargeneral.com.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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