‘New’ Dollar General store now open for business

Dollar General is no long­er a small retail outlet in Hillsboro following its move late last week into the former Wal-Mart Express building.

Following a “soft” opening on Friday, the store’s manager, Robert Nelson, said people seemed pleased with the larger store and additional inventory.

“We now carry all the major produce,” he said. “We have dairy, fresh vegetables and fruits and meats to include poultry, pork and beef.”

With almost 2,000 more square feet than at the former building on Western Heights Circle, the store is more like a mini-market outlet, Nelson said.

He added the store will employ more than 30 people, compared to six or seven employees at the other location.

“Not too many places are hiring 30 to 40 people, which we think will also be good for the community,” he said.tore manager Robert Nelson said public response has been positive to Dollar General’s new location in Hillsboro. Not only is the new building bigger, but so is the staff size. “Not too many places are hiring 30 to 40 people, which we think will also be good for the community,” he said.<p>

The new store will have longer hours than previously, with doors open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Assistant manager Shannon Ellis, who was the manager at the other location, said the only day they will be closed is Christmas Day.

“We will also close earlier on Thanksgiving,” she said.

Nelson said it took four days to put the store together prior to opening Friday.

“We were here from 7 a.m. to about 9 p.m. for the move,” he said.

Rose Hill is the only other location in Kansas where Dollar General has opened a store in one of the former Wal-Mart buildings, he said. The grand opening for the new store is Nov. 5.

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