Uncertainty swirls around opening date for Orfordville's Dollar General

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Ashley McCallum
Monday, November 6, 2017

ORFORDVILLE-- An opening date for Dollar General is still yet to be determined.

Village Clerk Sherri Waege said she has received mixed answers from the retailer on when the store, located at 507 N. Main St., will open.

A grand opening celebration is slated for early 2018, with a soft opening anticipated before the end of the year, said Angela Petkovic, spokesperson for Dollar General in an email to The Gazette. Petovic did not provide dates for the openings.

A soft opening is held when the store completes the work necessary to open, Petkovic said. A grand opening is held when the retailer invites the community to celebrate its opening with prizes and giveaways.

Grand openings typically occur a few weeks after the soft opening, Petkovic said.

Nov. 10 and Dec. 3 were both given as potential opening dates, but neither have been confirmed, Waege said. Dollar Generals' local contact has not responded to recent inquiries from Waege.

Construction on the $1 million project began this summer.

The store will be the village's first national retailer, with exception of a Citgo gas station.

A 2015 survey indicated community members want a local grocer, according to a previous report from The Gazette.

Dollar General offers cleaning supplies, housewares, health supplies and beauty products, Petkovic said. Grocery items typically include packaged, refrigerated and frozen foods.

The spokesperson did not respond to The Gazette's inquiry on what products will be sold.

The village has not been told what products will be featured in Orfordville's store, Waege said.

Community members have been contacting Waege with questions about the opening, she said. Many questions have been left unanswered by Dollar General at this time.

Here is what we know:

-- The village's building inspector granted Dollar General an occupancy permit last week, Waege said. Construction on the building is complete.

-- Dollar General employs six to 10 people per store depending on store needs, Petkovic said.

Open positions for the Orfordville location are posted on the company's website.

-- The company has applied for a liquor license for the Orfordville location, Waege said. The license has not yet been approved.

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