John Purcell/Recorder staff
Kenny Schneller, of Brandy Brook Environmental and Construction, operates a Bobcat utility vehicle Monday while preparing a site on East Main Street for a new Dollar General store.

By JOHN PURCELL

Recorder News Staff

A new Dollar General store is slated to open early next year at the site of the former Gentle Touch Car Wash on East Main Street in Amsterdam.

Delanson-based Brandy Brook Environmental and Construction started site preparations about two weeks ago at 201 East Main St. for construction of a new 9,100 square-foot Dollar General store.

Angela Petkovic, spokeswoman for Dollar General, said the new store is tentatively scheduled to open “mid-winter,” but construction progress could alter the targeted time frame.

“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” Petkovic stated in an email. “The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive.”

Petkovic said Dollar General also assesses “demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns” when choosing store locations.

The existing Dollar General store at 140 Guy Park Ave. would continue operations after the new store on East Main Street store is opened, according to Petkovic.

The new store will be located across the street from the Stewart’s Shop at the corner of East Main and Schuyler streets. The building will be approximately 71 feet by 130 feet and there will be a parking lot with 26 spaces at the property, according to its site plan. Sidewalk and landscaping work will be completed, too.

Kenny Schneller, of Brandy Brook Environmental and Construction, said the parking lot for the new store will be completed before construction is started, so crews have a place to park on site.

A Bohler Engineering representative had said the site is designed to ensure truck turning maneuvers can be done on site and delivery trucks would not have to back in off of East Main Street.

The store is expected to provide East End residents with a neighborhood location to purchase groceries and other items.

“Dollar General sells quality name-brand and private brand merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. We also sell an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen foods,” Petkovic said in an email.

Petkovic said a typical Dollar General retail location employs six to 10 people based on the needs of a store.

She did not indicate when jobs for the new store would be posted, but there were positions for its Guy Park Avenue location listed Monday evening.

The company’s hiring process is handled online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.