By DAN HEATH Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Dollar General will host a grand-opening celebration at its recently opened store in the City of Plattsburgh.
The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and will include free prizes and special deals at the 4989 South Catherine St. location. Giveaways include a $10 gift card for the first 50 shoppers and a Dollar General tote bag to the first 200 shoppers.
The City of Plattsburgh Planning Board approved the plan for the former Lavin Candy Co. property in October.
The 9,100-square-foot store is about 2,000 square feet larger than the typical Dollar General.
City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the city is very appreciative of the company’s decision to build in the South End.
“It’s just another sign that Plattsburgh continues in a positive direction with economic development,” he said.
“We know this store will definitely be supported by the residents of the City of Plattsburgh.”
Dollar General Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Store Development Dan Nieser said company officials hope Plattsburgh customers will enjoy shopping at the new store.
“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” he said in a press release.
Traditional Dollar General stores employ about six to 10 people, depending on the need. Anyone interested in joining the Dollar General team may visit the Career section at dollargeneral.com.
According to the company website, the first Dollar General opened in 1955 in Springfield, Ky. There are now more than 10,000 stores in 40 states.
The company also has 12 distribution centers and employs more than 90,000 people. It reported $16 billion in sales in fiscal 2012.
The average store has between 10,000 and 12,000 stocked units. The chain concentrates on national name and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty products.
Dollar General is an ardent supporter of literacy and education, according to its website.
At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or get their General Education Diploma can 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.
Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 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 dgliteracy.com.
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