Tallmadge -- Construction of a new Dollar General store at 1539 Brittain Road is progressing and is on track for a grand opening this summer.

Company spokeswoman Crystal Ghassemi said the store will be of Dollar General's traditional format: a one-story, freestanding building of 7,200 square feet.

The company's store in Midway Plaza, a half-mile mile from the Brittain Road site, will close, and all of its employees will transfer to the new store.

The Midway Plaza store employs six to 10 people, depending on need, including a full-time store manager and assistant store manager.

"This store was relocated as part of our constant evaluation on how we can best serve our customers," Ghassemi said. "The new store will provide a fresher layout but provide the same products and prices our customers rely on us for. We look forward to continuing to serve the Tallmadge community."

The Midway Plaza store has been open since 1990, according to city records. The company also has another store on South Avenue, which will be 2.5 miles from the new location.

Ghassemi said Dollar General looks for sites that are easy to access and are convenient for customers.

"We also take demographic trends, competitive factors and traffic patterns into consideration," she said. "We know convenience is a major factor in our customers' shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a 3 to 5 mile radius, or 10 minute drive."

Dennis Loughry, economic developer for the city, said he's pleased to learn that Dollar General is staying in the community.

"We're happy that they feel that the business climate in Tallmadge and in that area of East Akron is good. They're an important aspect of our community," he said. "And the fact that they felt it was worthwhile to re-invest in a new and possibly bigger store, we appreciate that."

Loughry said Dollar General's decision to close its Midway Plaza location and establish a new one is a "mixed blessing."

The vacancy that will be created when the existing store closes will be another hardship for the plaza, he said. The anchor storefront has been vacant since 2007 when High Point Furniture suddenly closed.

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