Dollar General building, located where Safari Club used to be, expected to be completed next month

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Construction on the new Dollar General building in Estacada is expected to be complete sometime in December.

Estacada's Dollar General store will open next year.

Angela Petkovic, a member of the Tennessee-based retailer's media team, said the store will open in "early 2018," but the date is dependent on construction schedules.

The new Dollar General will be located on the lot at 116 S.E. Fourth Ave. that once held the Safari Club. The building was demolished earlier this year, and a new building for Dollar General is expected to be completed next month.

"We've very close to being finished," said Phil Bramsen of Embree Asset Group, Dollar General's real estate company, noting that the weather had slowed the process a bit. "The rain makes it impossible to do things like pour concrete."

The store will employ between six and 10 people.

Dollar General sells everything from cleaning supplies to clothing in brands including Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. About one-quarter of the store's merchandise costs $1 or less.

Petkovic noted that the company strives to offer shoppers "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," she wrote in an email.

The Estacada store will be the retailer's first location in Clackamas County.

Next summer, the Estacada Artback artists will create a series of murals on the exterior of the Dollar General store building. The murals will highlight elements of the city's annual Summer Celebration and Artback's annual mural project. One panel will highlight all of the Summer Celebration activities on Broadway Street, another panel will depict people dancing in front of the music stage during Summer Celebration and a third will show Artback members painting murals.

Petkovic noted that Dollar General "is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs."

Since the foundation's beginning in 1993, more than $140 million in grants to nonprofit organizations have been awarded.

While reflecting on the permit and building process, Bramsen praised city staff for their assistance.

"Without their cooperation, this project wouldn't have gotten done," he said. "They're been a big help. (With other projects,) that's not always the case."

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