Dollar General to close after 22 years
By the end of August, Dollar General in the Great Lakes Mall will be gone. The retailer was first opened in May of 1992 but is not renewing its lease.
The Spirit Lake assistant manager Amanda Zimmerman said they weren't offered a new lease by mall officials and are required to have the entire store cleared out by Thursday, Aug. 28.
Zimmerman, who arrived in March, is still unsure of the official closing date. She works with five other employees.
Corporate officials from the Dollar General franchise don't plan to move to a new Dickinson County location. Zimmerman is transferring to the Sibley store to maintain her assistant manager status and another employee will work in Estherville. The four other Spirit Lake employees will find work elsewhere.
Zimmerman said she's disappointed they won't be able to continue a business that has been a part of the Spirit Lake community for more than two decades.
"We are needed," she said. "A lot of lower income families rely on the store. We have lots of regulars every day. People come here to get lunch because it's quicker then going somewhere else."
Zimmerman was first notified the store may close in April. The final word came in July.
"The customers we have are great," Zimmerman said. "They actually care about us. They don't have to but they do. They show an interest, they check in on us. They've done everything they can to keep us here, even looking for different options."
Zimmerman said her fellow colleagues have also been blessing to work with.
"They've really stepped up when to help in any way possible," she said. "They've all come together when we needed it. When I was out for three days and couldn't help, they covered for me."
Dollar General will continue their normal hours until they close for good, open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For further questions or concerns regarding the store closure, residents are encouraged to phone 615-855-4676.
Dollar General has been serving citizens throughout the country for 75 years. They are the United States' largest "small-box" retailer and have more than 10,000 stores nationwide.