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New Dollar General Opens Amid Controversy

The Harrodsburg Herald/Robert Moore
A new Dollar General opened in Harrodsburg, and a resident has already complained about the appearance of the store.

Robert Moore
Herald Staff
rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com

Dollar General has opened its newest store at 699 East Lexington Street, and at least one resident is already complaining.
At the Harrodsburg City Commission meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, Toni Preston, the chair of the 250th Beautification Committee, complained about the new store. The committee has worked on the entrances into Harrodsburg, including both signs on U.S. 127.

“Entrances are a must,” Preston told the city commission Monday. “People will bypass your city.”

Preston asked the commissioners to look at the new Dollar General, which is located on U.S. 68 coming into town.

“I’m talking about the pallets and the garbage in the dumpster,” Preston said.  “Drive by and look at it and take pictures.”

The Harrodsburg Herald reached out to Dollar General but had not received a response by press time.

Founded in 1939, Dollar General is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. As of Oct. 2, 2023, the chain operated 19,414 stores in the continental United States and Mexico. Since the 2008 recession, Dollar General has more than doubled the number of stores. In 2021, the chain became the leading retailer with the most store locations in the nation, with sales exceeding $37 billion, according to a financial analysis published by P. Smith on Statista.

Dollar General now operates three stores in Harrodsburg alone, with other locations in Burgin and Salvisa. With that growth has come controversy, both nationally and here in Mercer County. Opponents sued to stop a Dollar General store from being built near Herrington Lake in 2019. That lawsuit is still winding its way through the courts. Local residents were also not happy when the Harrodsburg-Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission approved building the 10,640-square-foot Dollar General at the intersection of US 68 and Factory Street.

“As a resident of Green Acres I’m not just saddened by this decision but angered as well,” one commenter wrote on the Harrodsburg Herald’s website. “There seems to be more concern over the flooding of the new worthless DG than the residents who live nearby. Wonder who’s pockets got lined to make this happen? All the empty buildings in Harrodsburg, but a new DG in that location was the decision. This town needs real leadership and not what we have.”

“At Dollar General, we believe the addition of each new store provides positive economic growth for the communities we proudly serve, and the addition of our new Harrodsburg store highlights our commitment to deliver a pleasant shopping experience that includes great prices on quality products in a convenient location,” said Matthew Simonsen, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development, in a press release.  “We look forward to welcoming customers to our new store and hope they will enjoy shopping at our new location.”

In the press release, Dollar General said they are proud to provide area residents with an affordable and convenient store location to purchase household essentials. The new Harrodsburg location includes what Dollar General calls a “stylish, on-trend home décor and an expanded party preparation selection.”

In addition, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of the store can apply for Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants. The foundation has awarded more than $238 million in grants to nonprofit organizations since 1993, helping more than 19.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education, the company said. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit dgliteracy.com.

According to the press release, Dollar General expects to employ six to 10 people at the new location. Employees receive competitive wages, world-class and award-winning training and development programs and benefits including day-one telemedicine eligibility as well as health insurance coverage options, 401K savings and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave and adoption assistance to eligible employees. Interested candidates can review and apply for available positions at careers.dollargeneral.com.

4 Comments

  1. Annie on November 16, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    People need jobs.This day in time its hard to be picky when a community really NEEDS …….. JOBS !!!!! The high paying jobs r not happening.Glad to see Hogtown get some jobs.Where is the proof some1 got $ ? If i complain about new businesses…businesses will stop coming ?? Corporations or new factories or any type of business usually build new buildings because they need a certain size with new plumbing,new electricty,etc .Lots of businesses have dumpsters at stores at entrances into tiny and big cities.Was price of land high ? Hope church & other school young people can get works at DG thru their high school job program.Scholarships r wonderful,too.How long will it take (years and years ?) to hundreds or thousands of jobs at the area where the land ( solar ?) is located ? Solar farms provide jobs.There has to be places for businesses to build.Some of my relatives have jobs and dont care about others in family getting jobs.Many have businesses.Many races (people) r looking for work with good insurance,etc Ky has low wages /Ky is rank what # for low wages ? Is D G really going to have a huge frozen foods factory by interstate in B Green,KY (WK UNIV city) ? Convenience will be good for seniors.Businesses need lots of competition to bring down store prices in community.Happy for others that might find a career at DG. Age 90 1/2D G Shopper since the company was founded in ? Springfield ? or ? kY decades ago.The DG bio book is very interesting.Lots of jobs for Ky people…Many states have a DG.Is it true Oldham county,Madison county could be getting new businesses that could employ a huge amount of people ? Maybe the counties close together can bring new factories to our young great grandchildren,etc Workers pay taxes and can help their family pay bills and people will have $ to spend at area stores.Taxes provide revenue for better things in community.Maybe better raises..or….betetr roads

  2. Ann Claunch on November 17, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Instead of building a new store why doesn’t Dollar General hire more employees and stick the stores we already have. The stores are a nightmare to try and shop for all the carts loaded with merchandise and the shelves empty! How about quality over quantity!

  3. Teresa Brafley on November 17, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    I’m sorry, but what Dollar General said in the press release is totally laughable. Just take it all with a grain of salt.

  4. Lee on November 28, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Maybe DG will donate misc ,a…….variety..assortment…..of msde or make a donation to Hogtown’s Anniversary/Birthday gala event celebration ? How much is event going to cost taxpayers ? What’s UP with that ?

    It’s a nice community program to help citizens to learn how to read,write name,etc Literacy is important ! The stores r convenient……..busy ! Easy to park ..closer to front door. ..No big parking lot for OLDSTERS to walk …..Big box stores….lots r too busy ! Have to walk long ways……in dark…..big lots…

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