Dollar General plans new location within the next year

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Repeat floods lead to decision to move

The Dollar General store in Cassville is hoping to say goodbye to repeat floods for good by moving its store to a new location.

The store, which has been at 401 Main St. for approximately 10 years, was flooded in July 2015, and again less than six months later in December. As a result, the store was forced to close its doors to the public for more than two weeks at a time to make repairs and deal with damages to store merchandise and the building.

According to Store Manager Colleen Peoples, the store is on the list to move due to recurrent flooding problems in its current location, which sits in a low-lying area.

"Two floods in six months is ridiculous," she said. "Everything on our bottom shelves was ruined."

Peoples said during the last closing from the December flood, the store had to shut its doors for two-and-a-half weeks after several inches of water came through their doors, causing the store to lose sales and employees to miss work.

"I had to stay and work and got paid, but everyone else missed work," she said.

Peoples said she doesn't know when the move will take place, or where yet, but estimated it to be sometime within the next year.

"That's about all the information that I have," she said. "[Management is] looking [for a new location]."

District Manager Kristie Smith said she had no information on the dollar amount in damages lost from the floods, because she came on board with the company after December and had no other information.

Peoples said it was her understanding that when the store does move, it will be a larger store known as a Dollar General 16.

"It's one of the largest Dollar General stores they've made," she said.

A competitor to Walmart, many shop at the store chain for its low prices, smaller size and overall convenience that allows customers to get in and out quickly, Peoples said..

"People love the convenience of Dollar General," Peoples said. "There have been people [employees] here for 10 years promised a new store, and they are finally getting one."

The Dollar General corporate media department did not return a call and email for comment.

At the last Cassville City Council meeting, the property across from Roark Family Health on Main Street was rezoned from residential to commercial, possibly indicating a new store may be built there.

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