May 29--Construction recently began near the junction of KY 32 and KY 158 on a new value="NYSE:DG" idsrc="xmltag.org">Dollar General store.
Based in value="LU/us.tn.goolle" idsrc="xmltag.org">Goodlettsville, Tennessee, value="NYSE:DG" idsrc="xmltag.org">Dollar General Corporation is the nation's largest small-box discount retailer, operating nearly 12,000 stores in 43 states.
Katie Kile, media relations assistant, said the new store is on target for an early to mid-fall grand opening on what will be the fifth Dollar General store in value="LU/us.ky.rowan" idsrc="xmltag.org">Rowan County.
A sixth store is just inside value="LU/us.ky.bath" idsrc="xmltag.org">Bath County near Farmers.
By comparison, value="LU/us.ky.faytte" idsrc="xmltag.org">Fayette County, with a population of around 300,000 residents, also has five value="NYSE:DG" idsrc="xmltag.org">Dollar General stores.
However, population is not the only factor when the company plans new store locations.
"We look for places where we can offer shoppers an easy and convenient shopping choice. The convenience factor is big. We try to offer shoppers more choices for shopping locations. We try to see where there are gaps and how we can fill those needs," said Kile.
Started with a $10,000 investment in 1939 as J.L. Turner and Son Wholesale in value="LU/us.ky.scolle" idsrc="xmltag.org">Scottsville, Kentucky, the company has used many clever marketing techniques throughout the years.
According to the company's website, Turner, knowing that farmers picked up their checks for tobacco crops in a cold barn, would send someone to meet them there with a left-handed jersey glove. If the farmers came to the store, they would get the right-hand glove and an offer to cash their checks.
In 1955 the Turner family began converting its stores into value="NYSE:DG" idsrc="xmltag.org">Dollar General and continued its mission to serve others, awarding over $85 million in grants to non-profit organizations and schools that have helped nearly 5 million persons learn to read or get a GED.
The retailer will be leasing the property at its new location from Kentucky Lodging and Development, LLC, of value="LU/us.ky.corbin" idsrc="xmltag.org">Corbin.
"We know that value="LU/us.ky.moread" idsrc="xmltag.org">Morehead is a growing city with a college campus. We're really excited about our new location," said Kile.
Larry DeHart can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.
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