NORTHUMBERLAND — The Dollar General that met public opposition in Gansevoort has opened its doors to curious customers.
A handful of customers were in the store located at 51 Leonard St. on Thursday morning during its first full day of operation.
Forest Duckett of Northumberland was making a purchase and said, “It gives us choices and options. This town hasn’t had nothing in a long time.”
A couple stopped in to check out the offerings because they had never been in a Dollar General store. They did not leave with anything, but remarked that they would be back.
Dollar General Assistant Manager Jenn Crane said the store had a soft opening on Wednesday and is now open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
She said the store accepts manufacturer coupons and offers a large frozen food section.
Crane transferred from the South Glens Falls location and said she is confident the store “will do well.”
“Our prices are very competitive,” she said.
Jerry Farney, who lives a couple of houses down from the store, said he has been waiting for the day.
“I am very pleased that it is open. It makes it so much more convenient. I think they are going to do very well.”
In the immediate area, the hamlet is home to a Stewart’s Shops and a post office. Before the store opened, residents would have to travel north to South Glens Falls or south to Wilton for similar items.
“Customers are so excited. It is definitely a blessing for the area,” said Dollar General employee Jennifer Baker.
The store currently has five employees and is seeking additional staff members.
For those who were opposed to the store, Baker said she has seen some of the naysayers visit the store already.
Those opposed said the 7,500-square-foot-store went against the harmony of the hamlet. The area is zoned residential-commercial.
The original design of the store was denied and accommodations were made to make it look more like a house with the entrance set off to the side, with a reduced roof line.
A grand opening is scheduled for some time in January.