Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Aug, 14 newspaper on Page B4.

COALTON — Dollar General celebrated the opening of a brand new store in the Village of Coalton.

A grand opening event complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, August 3. Dollar General Store Manager Andrea Stevens had the honor of cutting the ribbon to the new store.

Stevens’ employees, Coalton Mayor Kim Milliken, Coalton Punisher Coach Tom Denney and Coalton Lady Storm Samantha Simpson, along with their teams, were present for the ribbon-cutting as well.

Customers enjoyed special deals and free prizes at the grand opening event. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers received a $10 gift card and the first 200 shoppers received a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.

Dollar General’s newest store is located at 20889 State Route 93. The store had a soft opening on July 17. The store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store currently employs a total of six people.

“I am very excited to be here,” stated Stevens. “I never thought the day would come that we’d have a store in Coalton, honesty, but it’s going to be good. All thanks to the mayor.”

Milliken had previously told The Courier that she had initially reached out to Dollar General in 2012, and again in 2016, but it wasn’t until last year that she was able to assist the company in finding a suitable piece of property.

“The Village of Coalton and the surrounding area is excited to have Dollar General in Coalton,” stated Milliken. “It will make a considerable difference for most if not all people in Coalton and the surrounding area who have limited transportation, funds, and those who are only able to go to the larger stores monthly, not weekly.”

Milliken added that the addition of this store could help keep residents’ money within the village.

“For me, this is a dream come true,” she said.

Dollar General also operates existing stores in Wellston, Jackson, Oak Hill, Hamden and elsewhere.

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