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Dollar General Market to host 'soft-opening' on Nov. 15

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The new Dollar General Market on Tucker Road between Valley Boulevard and Cherry Lane is nearing completion. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

The new Dollar General Market located on Tucker Road off of Valley Blvd. — next to Dollar Tree — is scheduled to have a "soft opening" on Nov. 15. Store Manager Ronnie Brice said the new store will host a grand opening on Dec. 7, once the rest of their products are shipped in.

The store is currently in the landscaping and shelving process.

Brice said the store is also in the hiring process and referrred interested parties to the corporate website at www.dollargeneral.com and proceed to the section that is marked "Careers."

The best way to find the local job listings is to enter "Tehachapi" in the keyword search on the website. Currently nine different positions are listed, although how many jobs are to be filled is not noted. Some of the positions are temporary.

In January, when the plan for the new store was approved by the Tehachapi Planning Commission, a representative said it would have fewer than 10 full-time employees.

Dollar General Market is brand of Dollar General, a discount and variety store, not to be confused with its new neighbor, Dollar Tree or the Family Dollar Store that is also on Tucker Road.

The market will provide fresh meat and produce, liquor and spirits, health and beauty aids, paper products, among a number of other household goods.

President of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, Ida Perkins, stated that the organization has not had any communication with the market, which she said is unusual, considering most businesses are in contact prior to breaking ground.

Some Tehachapi residents have remained seemingly out of the loop as well, she added. The Chamber of Commerce has received a number of calls from residents wondering how to apply for jobs, as well as about the market's opening date.

"I think its good to give people more options of where to spend their money," she said about the store arriving in Tehachapi.

Dollar General Corporation is based out of Goodlettsville, Tenn. They own 10,000 stores spread throughout 40 states and have generated a total of $14.8 billion in sales, according to the corporation's website.

City Manager Greg Garrett reiterated Perkin's opinion that the market will be a good addition for grocery shoppers.

Garrett said he believes the opening may have been delayed, but for good reason. There is ongoing construction in front of the market, where a water retention structure -- that will store rainwater underground -- is being developed.

"Environmentally, it is a good thing," Garrett said. "It means we will keep our water in Tehachapi."

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