Dollar General to relocate Sycamore Street store to West Dixie

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New store could be opened by late summer

By Marty Finley

Dollar General intends to close its Sycamore Street location in Elizabethtown, relocating it this summer to a new store on West Dixie Avenue offering more space.


Crystal Ghassemi, public relations manager for Dollar General, said the company has a tentative grand opening date set for late summer. Construction is underway at 531 W. Dixie Ave after the demolition of a boarded-up house on the property, which is beside Sonic Drive-In.

“Unfortunately, I do not have an exact date as construction progress may alter the grand opening date,” Ghassemi said.

The new store under construction will be designed in a Dollar General Plus format at roughly 10,000 square feet. Ghassemi said these stores house roughly 2,800 more square feet than the typical 7,200-square-foot Dollar General stores.

“They offer additional coolers and perishable foods, as well as expanded selection of Dollar General merchandise,” she said.

Employees at the Sycamore Street location will transfer to the new store, Ghassemi said. Dollar General stores typically employ six to 10 workers depending on need.

“The closing of the Sycamore Street store will depend on the opening of the new store on West Dixie,” she said.

The Elizabethtown Planning Commission approved the store’s construction in January. Planning Director Ed Poppe said the company’s plan calls for roughly 35 parking spaces. The brick structure proposed will provide an aesthetically pleasing facility.

The commission also approved the construction of a separate Dollar General store at 1508 N. Dixie Ave. late last year but Ghassemi said the company is still in the due diligence phase on the facility and could not release any information about their plans for that store.

When choosing new locations, Ghassemi said Dollar General takes into account locations that meet customer’s needs by offering easy and convenient shopping choices. The company also evaluates demographic trends, competitive factors and traffic patterns when weighing a community.

“We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a 3-5 mile radius or 10-minute drive,” she said.

There are Dollar General stores operating in Elizabethtown on East Dixie Avenue, Mulberry Street, Sycamore Street and Towne Drive, Ghassemi said. The company is active throughout Hardin County, operating stores in Cecilia, Radcliff, Rineyville, Sonora, Upton and Vine Grove.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.