MERIDEN — The Dollar General store on Broad Street is close to opening, with an official grand opening ceremony slated for early next month.
A company spokesman said the store would be open this week. As of Wednesday, it had not opened.
The store expects to employ six to 10 workers. Dollar General has about 60 locations statewide, including one in the Lincoln Plaza on West Main Street.
The grand opening ceremony for the Broad Street (Route 5) store is expected on Oct. 5.
MCG Meriden Broad St. LLC began construction on the 9,500 square-foot store in May. Homes at 60 and 66 Broad St. were demolished to make way for the store and 31 parking spaces.
The store was built below the grade of abutting properties on Gale Avenue and the property is surrounded by a 6-foot high retaining wall and stockade fence. The plan was to block the sight of equipment and noise from residential neighbors on Gale Avenue.
Dollar General offers name-brand and private brand merchandise, such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. It sells an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated and frozen foods. It also sells products from brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.
Dollar General and similar stores have been criticized for driving out local grocers with low prices.
In an email to the Record-Journal, a company spokeswoman cited Dollar General’s community involvement and efforts to promote literacy.
“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...to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs,” according to the statement. “Since its inception in 1993, the (foundation) has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.”
Anyone interested in employment at Dollar General may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.