TEMPLE TERRACE — When Kristin Hill got word of the grand opening of a well-known chain store just a few short blocks from her home in Tampa, she stopped in to pick up some much needed but generally pricey household cleaning products.
Several minutes went by and before she knew it her shopping cart was half filled with DVDs, air fresheners and sweet treats for her office candy jar, plus a set of coffee mugs with inspirational sayings she believed would help get her mornings off to a good start.
And she hadn’t even reached the store’s cleaning supply aisle.
A quick price check revealed the cost of the items she’d already amassed in her cart amounted to about $20. But for Hill, that wasn’t at all a concern.
She easily rationalized buying those things because they came from the new Dollar General at 12909 N. 56th St., about one-half mile north of East Fowler Avenue.
“You can’t beat these bargain prices, plus I have a $5-off coupon,” said Hill, as she pointed to it on the flyer she’d received in the mail announcing the store’s grand opening.
Dollar General carries both nationally known brand names as well as its private brands of food, housewares, health and beauty products; apparel; pet supplies; seasonal items; and more.
It features multiple everyday dollar deals and overhead signs in each department to help customers easily navigate the store.
Longtime Temple Terrace residents Dee and Norris Prather, who also received a flyer about the store’s opening, also came to see what it had to offer.
“So far, I’m very impressed. The prices are very reasonable and they have a nice card selection,” said Dee, who noted that she and her husband once owned a card and gift shop and have an eye for reasonably priced, quality greeting cards.
Temple Terrace resident Melissa Dull was there to pick up school supplies for her only child.
“I really like this store,” she said. “It’s very neat and clean.”
Tracy Epps, who works nearby, echoed similar sentiments as she loaded several bags of merchandise into her shopping cart.
“I always like saving money and I like it here,” she said. “It’s bigger than I thought, it’s clean and the cashiers are very nice.”
Dollar General’s District Manager Evan Degel stood not far from Epps alongside store manager Crystal Cater, checking out the inventory and greeting customers as they passed by.
“We are very happy to be here,” Degel said, as they watched a steady stream of people come and go.
The new store is one of Dollar General’s 11,300 stores spread throughout 40 states. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and its phone number is (813) 321-0633. Visit www.dollar general.com for more information.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]