Dollar General announces moving plans

New store will be built in FD; site on First Avenue South chosen

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
This lot, at First Avenue South and 18th Street in Fort Dodge will be the site of a new Dollar General Store. The new store is expected to open this summer.

A new, larger Dollar General store will be built on First Avenue South in Fort Dodge this year, a company spokeswoman has announced.

The new store at 1810 First Ave. S. will open this summer, according to Mary Kathryn Colbert, the public relations manager for Dollar General Corp.

It will replace the current Dollar General store at 2736 First Ave. S.

”Dollar General is always evaluating our stores and how best to serve our customers,” Colbert said in a written statement.

”The new store will provide more space and a fresher layout, as well as the same products and prices our customers rely on,” she added. ”We look forward to continuing to serve customers in the new store.”

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Company officials have announced plans to replace this Dollar General Store, at 2736 First Ave. S. in Fort Dodge with a new store at First Avenue South and 18th Street.

That new store will be built on what is now a vacant lot on the north side of First Avenue South between 18th and 19th streets.

Colbert didn’t indicate when construction will begin, but she said the store is ”set to open in summer 2018.”

She declined to say how much the company will spend to build it.

The current store, which is north of Aldi’s at First Avenue South and 29th Street, measures 6,800 square feet. The new one will be approximately 7,300 square feet, Colbert said.

Dollar General stores typically employ six to 10 people, she said. All the employees at the current store will transfer to the new one when it opens, she said.

There has been a Dollar General store in Fort Dodge since 1993.

The company, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, opened new stores in Dayton and Manson last year.

In 2006, the company unsuccessfully proposed a new store on Kenyon Road across from the former Fair Oaks Middle School. The plan was criticized as unsafe and unsightly. That proposal was dropped.