The city of Charlotte recently expanded its business community by hosting a Dollar General now open to the public. Its ideal location at the eastern entrance to the city allows residents to buy their basic necessities such as cleaning products, hygiene products, interior decoration and even fresh produce.
Store Manager Brandon Sinclair and Assistant Manager Megan Glover opened Dollar General to the community on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a line of shoppers waiting outside to get their first glimpse of their new shopping experience. Due to COVID 19, their grand opening ceremony is still pending. However, Sinclair and Glover toured the city to introduce themselves to businesses nearby and down the street near Charlotte City Hall.
A resident of Floresville for three years, Sinclair moves to Charlotte where he plans to stay for a while. To give even more back to the Charlotte community, he applied to join the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department to help the community as much as he can.
âI absolutely fell in love with the community,â Sinclair said. âEveryone I’ve interacted with has been completely amazing and I’m like, ‘Why has it taken me so many years to get here?’ Whether I give my time to Dollar General or a volunteer firefighter, it doesn’t matter, you know, I do it with open arms.
Dollar General is currently running a Hydrate Fire / EMS campaign to collect water donations for CVFD. Liz Ramon, CVFD firefighter and Charlotte City Council member first entered Dollar General on June 13 and was immediately impressed with the welcome she received from Sinclair and managers.
âI’m very grateful that we have two people who have this little community heart, who understand what we’ve been doing here,â Ramon said. âSo when they bring us a store like that, it’s big. The company has tried its luck with us and we will accept them. We are grateful because the little we have in Charlotteâ¦ is not something small. This is something new and we are delighted with it.
Having started at the Pleasanton Dollar General, Glover is originally from Tennessee and married in the military. She decided to move to Charlotte because, just like Sinclair, she loves the city.
âThey don’t have to drive all the way to Pleasantonâ¦ it’s all there,â Glover said. âI feel like it’s a family town, but they could use a few more businesses just to get people here to build the community.
Dollar General is also partnering with the Kellogg Company by donating 100 new books to students at Charlotte ISD schools. Additionally, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will provide schools, libraries, and nonprofits within a 15 mile radius of the store location the opportunity to qualify and apply for grants. Please visit www.digliteracy.com for more information.
Dollar General offers pickup through its app, has ATMs, accepts EBT food stamps, offers FedEx pickup and return, and offers alcohol and tobacco products. The store currently employs seven workers who have been instrumental in the development of the store. Those who wish to apply can contact careerearc.com. Dollar General also offers benefits to its employees. The store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 28 Watson Ave. in Charlotte.