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Repaving of Hanover Street part of Ohio 647 slip repair job

Progress on construction of 2 dollar stores continues

MARTINS FERRY — A project to repair a major slip is nearly complete in the city with just the repaving of Ohio 647 and a portion of Hanover Street remaining.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to wrap up the task in about a week or so, said Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies on Monday.

“They’re paving from Route 7 to the corporation line,” he said.

Davies said the city was required to provide a portion of funding, about $80,000.

“The rest was covered by state and federal money. … It’s a state highway and a lot of big trucks use it. This will make it safer for our students and school busses and safer for our citizens,” he said. “The repair to the slip is already completed.”

Meanwhile, Davies said other independent projects also are ongoing in the city. A new Dollar General store appears to be nearly complete on Broadway Street. And the walls of a new Dollar Tree store also are going up quickly on Zane Highway near City Park.

Davies said he had not received official word about Dollar General’s opening date, but he estimated it would be done sometime in July.

The current Dollar General store on Fourth Street is expected to close with the new store opening.

Angela Petkovic, spokeswoman for Dollar General Corporation, said a date for the opening has not been set yet, but it will occur sometime this summer.

“At this time, we are under construction on a relocation store at 1210 Broadway St. in Martins Ferry. Our store # 02863 that is currently located at 31 S. Fourth St. will relocate to its new location at the completion of construction, which is currently slated for late summer 2020,” Petkovic said.

“Our customers are at the center of all that we do, and meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority when choosing store locations. In selecting store sites, we take a number of factors into consideration, carefully evaluating each potential new store location to ensure we can continue to meet our customers’ price, value and selection needs. We further strive to provide convenience for customers who may not have affordable nearby retail options.”

She noted Dollar General sells a variety of items including foods, health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. It also sells items from brands such as Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

“Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on merchandise as part of its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs,” she said. “Since its inception in 1993, the DGLF has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports individuals in the communities that Dollar General stores serve who may be interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online (www.dgliteracy.org/national-literacy-directory/) or a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for information is available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

Davies said he is happy two new buildings and businesses are being constructed in the city. He noted the city administration is working to improve Martins Ferry.

“We’re a progressive city and we’re moving forward,” Davies said. “We’re not going to sit back on our heels. …We’re working on a couple things. Later this week we’re having a meeting with some people. … We have a lot of stuff on our plate. The hospital (East Ohio Regional Hospital) is materializing and it’s business as usual here.”

Davies said he could not disclose who the business meetings would be held with, though he did mention one item is related to “recreation.”

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