A national chain has plans to continue its rapid growth in Vermont, this time in an area virtually untouched by chain stores.
Tammy graham travels across state borders to go to the Dollar General. “I love Dollar General, I go there for all my cheap stuff,” said Tammy Graham, of Alburgh, VT. “My son likes all their toys. We go to New York right now and it's kind of a pain in the butt."
Soon she may be able to stay in town. Dollar General has plans to expand further into Vermont by building a brand new store on Route 2 in Alburgh.
“It's going to be a good impact on the townspeople and the elderly people, they got a place to go. We need stuff like this up in our area to bring back our town,” said Bernard Savage, an Alburgh Select Board Member.
This is just one of nearly 2 dozen Dollar General stores that have popped up across the state in under 10 years.
The first was in Colchester in 2007. The next year, a Dollar General store was built in Milton and another in Barre. 22 have opened since then. The Town of Alburgh's Select Board is expecting the next store to go up in Alburgh.
The discount retailer has seen some opposition in some areas of Vermont known for their aversion to chain companies.
The company is aware of this. In a statement, it says, "Dollar General looks forward to the opportunity to grow its business with plans to add new stores in Vermont. Both in Vermont and across the 40 states Dollar General operates in, we are respectful of community concerns and thoughtful in store design to comply with local building codes in order to be consistent with the charm and character of the towns we serve."
And some people in town are excited for it to open.
“You know what? We do got to make a change, we do need to start growing again,” said Savage.
“My first thought was to hurt the local business but there's nobody locally to compete with them so it's not going to hurt anybody up here. It'll help them more than hurt him,” said Mike Ransom, who supports the Dollar General.
“I think it'd be great, instead of traveling to Saint Albans or Swanton, it's a half hour away,” said Tammy Graham.
As of January of this year, New York had 283 Dollar General stores and New Hampshire, just 9.
Plans are not yet official when it comes to exactly when the store will open in Alburgh.