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Dollar General project moves forward on Brush Lane, on the south end of Madras.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Ground work on the Madras Dollar General store got underway last week. The general merchandise chain store is going up just south of the former Parr Lumber store on the south end of Madras. 
Fifteen months after submitting an application to build a Dollar General in Madras, the project is finally underway on the east side of U.S. Highway 97, on the south end of town.

"They've paid all their fees, they have permits and they're starting construction," said Nick Snead, director of the Madras Community Development Department.

The Tennessee-based variety store will be building a 9,100-square-foot building on a 1.33-acre lot, which has been subdivided from a 2.77-acre lot, owned by Parr Lumber Co.

The lot, at 254 SW Brush Lane, across the highway from Aaron's Sales and Lease, is zoned for corridor commercial development.

"At this time, a grand opening is slated for early 2020, but understand that construction progress may alter this date," said Angela Petkovic, public relations for Dollar General Corp.

"When choosing store locations, meeting customers' needs is Dollar General's top priority," she said. "The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. 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. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration."

"The store will employ approximately six to 10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store," she continued. "Anyone interested in joining one of America's fastest-growing retailers may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

Besides selling quality name-brand and private brand merchandise, she said, "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 20-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 $168 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education," said Petkovic.

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

The Madras Redevelopment Commission intends to grant the project $80,000 to offset construction costs for improvement of the Highway 97 frontage and paving of Brush Lane, according to Snead.

When the store is completed, he said, "you'll have one gap in the sidewalk all the way from Burger King to Safeway, and the city's working with ODOT on a grant to fill that in."

Currently, Tim Bloom Construction, of Bend, has had crews at the site for the past week preparing the site for construction. Information on when the business will be open was unavailable at press time.

A new Dollar General in Culver opened last spring.


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