March 17, 2020 Update from The City of Leeton: This event has been cancelled in the interest of public health and safety. In addition, Dollar General will be postponing their Grand Opening event.
FROM: THE CITY OF LEETON
The City of Leeton will celebrate the grand opening of Dollar General, located at 266 SE Highway 2 in Leeton, on Saturday, March 21 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The event begins at 10:00 A.M. and the public is invited to attend.
The new 9,100 square feet freestanding building offers area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices. Previously, residents had to drive 15-20 minutes to get groceries or household goods. “The City of Leeton is thrilled to welcome Dollar General,” Leeton Mayor Taylor Elwell said. “In addition to new jobs and increased tax revenue, we look forward to our partnership with Dollar General for many years to come. Our community will be stronger because of this store, and we’re excited to celebrate with this event.”
Teamwork and cooperation were vital to this project, which began a few years ago as the city worked with Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) and visited with Dollar General representatives about the possibility of opening a location in Leeton. That visit spurred initial discussions with landowners Thad and Kelly Fleming as well as the development group Capital Growth Buchalter. Construction on the new facility began late 2019 and the store officially opened in March 2020.
“JCEDC helped us understand our needs and how to best position the community. The assistance provided by JCEDC, the cooperation of the Fleming family and the strong community interest made this a reality,” said Mayor Elwell, who also serves as JCEDC Vice President.
“What makes JCEDC unique is that we recognize economic development success is defined differently by each community, including increased quality of place, tax base, and work opportunities. In Leeton, the community worked to develop a place to be able to shop for necessities, improving their local quality of life. We are so proud to be a part of that on-going team effort,” said Tracy Brantner, JCEDC Executive Director.
“Meeting our customers’ needs is our top priority when choosing store locations,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a 3-5 mile radius, or 10 minute drive. This new location is a great fit for Dollar General.”
For more information on the ribbon cutting event, please contact the City of Leeton at 660-653-4622.