The parking lot at the new Dollar General store took shape Sept. 5, as cement trucks lined Highway 59 nearly all day.
Timeline for the store originally called for opening in September.

Construction continues at the Dollar General store in Pelican Rapids, located on Highway 59, across from the Pelican elementary school and outdoor sports complex.

A grand opening is slated for fall 2018, but construction progress may alter this date, noted Angela Petkovic, spokesperson for Dollar General.

The store will employ approximately 6-10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store.

The Pelican “Dollar General” will be among the newest of its approximate 15,000 stores in the U.S. Developer of the site, and owner of the property and building, will be Overland Group of Missouri. Overland collaborates with Dollar General across about seven states, according to an Overland spokesperson. Overland buys property and builds structures for Dollar General, and the retailer then signs longterm leases with Overland. A building permit application was filed at Pelican city hall in May.

The Pelican Rapids store is proposed at 9,100 square feet, which is a “standard” size for a Dollar General, said the Overland spokesperson.

When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s priority. The company looks for places where it can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice, stated Petkovic.

“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,” said Petkovic.

The store will employ approximately 6-10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store.

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. The retailer also sells an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen
foods.

Petkovic noted that Dollar General is involved in the communities it serves and is a 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.

Since its inception in 1993, the DGLF has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

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. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online or a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for information is available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

Anyone interested in joining Dollar General may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

Dollar General is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

In 2017, the company totaled about $21 billion in total revenue–and is considered among the most profitable retail store serving rural United States, according to internet postings.