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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items that are not available.

Deb Rasmussen, a resident of Rushford, recalls a tourist asking where he would be able to buy a pair of shoes for his daughter. She was disappointed to have to reply that there really was no place in Rushford to buy a pair of shoes. This will no longer be the case when Rushford welcomes a Family Dollar to Himlie Park.

According to the Family Dollar website, “We offer our customers a mix of quality name brand products they use everyday; from consumable products such as household paper products and expanded food assortment, to treasures for every home and even quality apparel for men, women and children. We also offer a mix of seasonal products, greeting cards, giftwrap and more.”

Rushford’s City Administrator, Steve Sarvi, said, “I’m glad there is a Family Dollar store coming to town. I think it will attract more folks to shop locally. It gives people less of a reason to shop in Winona, La Crosse, or Rochester.”

The store will be owned by the Family Dollar Corporation. Norwood Commercial Contractors of Chicago is constructing the store. Though construction just started approximately six weeks ago, the store seems to be well on its way to completion. Tom Clayton, the foreman on the project, said the stores usually open about a month after the team is done building. This would mean a projected opening date would be in early December, just in time for holiday shopping.

When a location scout from Family Dollar came to Rushford, he asked City Administrator Sarvi if there was another town that would serve as a good location for a Family Dollar. Sarvi pointed them to Preston. The scout agreed after seeing the town. The Preston store is currently under construction at 710 Highway 52 North.

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