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Dollar General breaks ground in Poplar

Work is underway on a new Dollar General store in the village of Poplar. The village board in July approved site plans for the project at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and County Highway P.

Dollar General spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said the new store is slated to open in the winter of 2018, depending on construction progress. It will employ up to 10 people.

The company places a priority on meeting customer needs when choosing store locations, Petkovic said.

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

Village board members have been aware of the incoming store for about a year as it went through the process of getting the plans approved by the state and purchasing the land, according to Village Board President Randy Jones.

"It's good to see a business coming to town although it will affect other businesses," Jones said. "Hopefully it will bring enough business to town that they won't be adversely affected."

When it opens, the Poplar site will be the third Dollar General store in Douglas County. It will join locations in Solon Springs and Superior. There is also a Dollar General store in Minong, according to the business website.

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