There’s a New Dollar Store in TownSep 9th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Community News
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Just past Kelley’s Body Shop and just before the bend in the Colin Kelly Highway that turns north out of town, a bright marigold yellow Madison Dollar Store sign up on a pole catches the attention, with its cheerful little Monopoly guy in his top hat as he clutches a fistful of cash.
He’s probably going to do some shopping in the town’s newest Dollar Store, owned by Steve Fongeallaz of Madison Glass. The store has been up and running in the brick-and plate-glass building, with the pretty teal-blue floors and the crisp white shelves, at 633 Colin Kelly Highway for “about a month or two,” said Annie Bailey, who works at the store full time, along with her daughter Lachelle Ghent. They work with two other part-time girls, keeping the store open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays.
Inside, with the exception of some of the food and drink items, everything really is one dollar, and the big glass windows mean it is bright and cheerfully lit with both indoor and outdoor light.
The amount and variety of merchandise has been steadily growing since the store’s opening, filling more and more shelves with neatly arranged rows of snack foods, school supplies, party supplies, pretty gift wrapping supplies, greeting cards, sunglasses, colorful plastic baskets, household cleaning supplies/items and general merchandise items. Displayed along the walls above the shelves are the choices of Mylar balloons the store offers.
In a couple of weeks, said Lachelle, the store will also receive a shipment of hair items – ponytail holders, barrettes, headbands, brushes and combs.
The building houses a few other small businesses in addition to the dollar store. Customers who want to take their time shopping can, in the meantime, have their car washed at a little car-wash business just around the corner on the east side of the building.
If Lachelle were telling her friends about the store, “I’d tell them to come on by and check us out,” she said. They are close to downtown and have plenty of parking. If you stop in for a visit, you might be surprised at what all a dollar can still buy.
For more information about the store and what’s available, call 253 – 0026.