Remsen’s newest business celebrates opening in grand style

Thursday, February 1, 2018
(Sentinel Photo by Kim Fickett) Betty Davis, sales associate and Tonia Rood, assistant store manager, celebrated the store’s grand opening with the Remsen and surrounding communities on Saturday, January 27.

REMSEN — Plymouth County’s first Dollar General Store celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 27. The store’s first day of business was Jan. 7.

Dollar General’s newest addition, a 5,600-square-foot store located at 633 County Road L-14 in Remsen, offers area residents a new place to shop.

In recognition of its opening, Dollar General offered its customers free prizes and special deals throughout the day on Saturday. The first 50 adult shoppers at the store received a $10 Dollar General gift card, while the first 200 shoppers received a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples and other giveaways.

“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,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping Dollar General’s new location.”

Construction began on the building in late summer 2017 and was completed in early January.

“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” said Angela Petkovic, Dollar General spokesperson. “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 generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive.”

Petkovic said approximately 70 percent of Dollar General stores serve communities with populations less than 20,000.

“Dollar General chooses store locations and bases merchandise selection on the needs of households seeking value and convenience in a variety of rural, suburban and urban communities,” she said. “Dollar General looks forward to being a part of the local business community.”

Dollar General sells name-brand and private brand merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. They also sell an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen foods. In addition to private brands, Dollar General sells products from brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Petkovic said in addition to Dollar General giving its customers low prices on basic merchandise, it is also deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF), 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.

Since its inception in 1993, the DGLF has awarded more than $140 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than nine million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.