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POSTED: April 2, 2010 2:06 p.m.
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The new Dollar General is just across Butler Avenue from the old location.

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With the opening of a new and expanded Dollar General store in Midway, local residents now have a greater selection when it comes to shopping for groceries and other goods.  
“It’s convenient for me,” said Fleming resident Cindy Cook. “I work in the industrial park. It’s nice to have an alternative.”
Riceboro resident Isiah Stewart agreed.
“It’s closer than going to Hinesville,” Stewart said. “And cheaper is always
better.”
The revamped Dollar General opened its doors to a crowd of excited customers around noon Wednesday. The new store sits across the street from both its old location and its competitor, IGA.
Midway Dollar General Manager Diane Berryhill said the store has expanded from 6,000-square feet in its former building to nearly 13,000-square feet in the new building.
“We have a 19-door cooler,” Berryhill said. “We’ve expanded our frozen food section.”
The store is not categorized as a supermarket and does not carry meats or produce, she said. However, milk and frozen entrees and vegetables are sold, Berryhill confirmed.
“We look at a number of factors when choosing our store locations,” said Dollar General spokesperson Emily Weiss. “These include demographic trends, traffic patterns and customer needs. This location was a great fit for us.”
Weiss said the new 12,480-square foot store “will provide more space and an updated layout for customers” as well as the same products which were available at the former location.
Although Dollar General’s local shoppers are thrilled with the store’s new facility, some commented Midway’s only supermarket, IGA, is expensive.
“We need another grocery store in Midway,” said 85-year-old resident Nancy Long.
Long said she is retired and lives on a tight budget.
IGA owner Jim Woods said his store’s prices are reasonable.
“Our prices are better than most national brand stores,” Woods said. “Our meats are the cheapest around.”
The local grocer said there’s room for competition in town. He added a Family Dollar store will soon open in Dollar General’s former location, next to his store.
“Any business is not going to hurt anybody,” Woods said. “There’s plenty of business for everyone.”
The Midway IGA, which opened 32 years ago, is scheduled to be renovated, he said.
“The plans are in the works,” Woods said. “We’re getting with the engineers and the company and we should get our permitting in the next two to three months. We’re going to expand our meats, produce, frozen foods and everything.”
 

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