New Dollar General coming to Lower Burrell
Lower Burrell is getting another Dollar General discount store.
The new 5,700 square-foot store will be at the site of a former Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop at Leechburg Road and Kenmont Avenue.
Monroeville-based PennTex Ventures is developing the site on behalf of Dollar General Corp.
It is currently under construction with a grand opening slated for early next year .
“The building is well on its way,” said Ted Donald, PennTex executive vice president.
The store will have 26 parking spaces. The entrance to the parking lot will be off of Kenmont Avenue.
It will be less than a two-mile drive away from another Dollar General store, also along Leechburg Road. That store has been open since August 2002.
Dollar General has no plans to close that store.
Donald said an in-depth study was conducted that showed the two stores would be viable even though they are so close together. He doesn’t foresee the proximity of the two stores causing problems.
“There’s a very sophisticated algorithm that goes together when you choose these locations,” Donald said. “We are not concerned about cannibalization of existing stores.”
Dollar General stores sell packaged, refrigerated, and frozen foods, health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing.
Company spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said Dollar General typically chooses store locations based on customer need. It currently operates 32 stores in Westmoreland County.
“The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice,” Petkovic said. “We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three- to five-mile radius, or 10-minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”
The store will have six to 10 employees, Petkovic said.