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story.lead_photo.caption SUBMITTED Tree felling began last week to make way for a Dollar General Store at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Patterson Street in Sulphur Springs. The company plans to have the new store built and open in Sulphur Springs by Spring 2021.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Trees were being removed last week to prepare for the construction of a new Dollar General store in Sulphur Springs.

"We are currently finalizing our due diligence phase for a new Dollar General in Sulphur Springs ... that would be located off Highway 59 and East Patterson Road," Angela Petkovic, of Dollar General Corporation Public Relations, wrote in an email to the "Eagle Observer."

"Based on our current timeline, we anticipate breaking ground in the coming weeks," she said.

Petkovic explained, "Our customers are at the center of all that we do, and meeting customers' needs is Dollar General's top priority when choosing store locations. In selecting store sites, we take a number of factors into consideration, carefully evaluating each potential new store location to ensure we can continue to meet our customers' price, value and selection needs. We further strive to provide convenience for customers who may not have affordable nearby retail options.

"The store would employ approximately 6-10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store. Anyone interested in joining one of America's fastest-growing retailers with competitive wages and benefits, world-class training and development and the ability to further their career through our growing organization may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers," she wrote.

According to Petkovic, "Dollar General sells quality, name-brand and private brand merchandise such as foods, health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

"Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on merchandise as part of its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs. Since its inception in 1993, the DGLF has awarded more than $186 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 12 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education."

"The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports individuals in the communities that Dollar General stores serve who may be interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test," Petkovic wrote. "Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online, or a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for information is available at the cash register of every Dollar General store."

For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

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