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Shoppers elated about store's reopening downtown

December 13, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Customers in Waynesboro no longer have to travel to Rouzerville to get the convenience and affordability of a dollar store. After months of sitting vacant, the store at 51 W. Main St. reopened Tuesday with fully stocked shelves and happy shoppers.

"It's about time," Cynthia Crenshaw of Waynesboro said. "I got tired of going all the way out there (to Rouzerville)."

Some shoppers like Crenshaw had been waiting for the store to reopen.

Violet Polidor of Waynesboro shopped at the Main Street store for years before it was destroyed by fire this summer. Hearing the store was open again, she came Tuesday to see the new layout.

"Everything has changed," she said of the new design. "I have to get used to it."

Tawn Earnest, senior director of corporate communications for Dollar General, said the store features a racetrack design with core products around the perimeter, "treasure hunt" bargains in the middle and lower shelving throughout.

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Not everyone who stopped into the store Tuesday planned their visit. Lenny Snively Jr., a resident of downtown Waynesboro, said he needed oatmeal and noticed the store was open.

While Snively said he did not plan to go to Dollar General, he said he was "happy to see it is open again."

Regardless of why residents came to the store, most agreed it is an important addition to the downtown business community.

"There are a lot of people who can't get out to the other store," said John Burhman of Waynesboro.

"This store helps them get what they need," he said.

Betty Balch, dietary aid at Rose Manor, said the store has been a welcome return for residents of the assisted living facility at the corner of West Main and Cleveland Avenue.

"Our residents depend on this Dollar General for a lot, if only as a way to get out," she said.

The store will host a grand opening Dec. 23, officials said last week.

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