MILTON-FREEWATER — Construction is underway off Highway 11 on a new Dollar General store scheduled to open at the end of May.

Ground has broken on the empty lot at 45 S. Columbia St.

The store will employ six to 10 people, said Angela Petkovic with Dollar General public relations.

“We always welcome new businesses, especially at a time when all our economies are struggling due to COVID,” Milton-Freewater City Manager Linda Hall said. “We’re happy they chose Milton-Freewater to locate a new store. They’ll employ some folks, so that’s always a good sign.

“We’re happy to have a new member of our business community.”

Founded in 1939, the Dollar General corporation has grown to include more than 17,000 locations in 46 states.

The closest currently existing Dollar General to the Walla Walla Valley is about four hours away in Madras, Oregon.

Dollar General stores sell food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares, seasonal items and paper products from major brands as well as several private labels.

Local contractor Don Jackson Excavation LLC is preparing the Milton-Freewater site for Collaborative Construction Solutions, based in Battle Ground, Washington.

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