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Dollar General breaks ground in Truman

OFFICIAL CEREMONY — A groundbreaking ceremony for Dollar General in Truman took place Wednesday. From left: Shawn Johnson, project manager of BJ BAAs Builders; Dan Purvis, Ratcliff Development; Scott Nyburg, job site superintendent; Lynn Brownlee, mayor; Jake Ebert, council member; Brandon Mosloski, council member; Bethanie Ekstrom, city administrator.

TRUMAN — A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dollar General store in Truman took place Wednesday.

The store will be located along Highway 15, next to Casey’s General Store.

Dan Purvis of Ratcliff Development, the developer and land owner of the Dollar General store, said they plan to start construction as soon as the weather allows. Once started, the building will be up in seven to eight weeks, said Shawn Johnson, project manager of BJ BAAS Builders.

“A lot of the contractors do many for us a year so they know what they’re doing. Each project is new but the process is familiar,” Johnson said.

“They always want to open early, so if we give them a building, they’ll be open as soon as they can,” said Purvis, adding that they are shooting for an opening date in mid November.

Johnson said they plan to be on site five to seven days per week, depending on the schedule.

Many people are looking forward to being able to get the various goods that Dollar General sells.

“It’s going to fill a huge void for Truman,” said Mayor Lynn Brownlee. “They’ll offer food stuff and have a frozen section. They’ll have sundry items and many things that we won’t have to go out of town for, which is good for everyone, especially people who find it difficult to transport themselves to Fairmont or anywhere else.”

Not only will Dollar General provide the people in and around Truman with a place to shop, it will provide several jobs.

Purvis said Dollar General plans to put up signs advertising that it is hiring toward the end of construction. He said people should be on the lookout for signs in a few weeks, though the application process is typically done online.

Construction will potentially begin this week.

“They did say that to this point it’s been the least complicated process and things have just fallen into place, so hopefully that keeps up,” Brownlee said.

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