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Dollar General brings jobs to Oval

OVAL — Hutchinson Companies LLC announced they have completed construction on a Dollar General at 149 Mountain View Lane, Oval. The store’s grand opening was Wednesday.

“We are proud to have built this Dollar General so the retailer could create new jobs, which are so needed right now,” said Gabriel A. Hutchinson, Hutchinson Companies senior vice president.

Prior to the pandemic outbreak, Hutchinson employed over a dozen local contractors to construct the building from Oct. 2019 to March. “They had to delay opening due to COVID-19, but the store is opening earlier than their original opening date of August 2020,” said Hutchinson.

The 9,100-square-foot building is architecturally unique from other retail new builds. “The store is much different aesthetically than the typical flat-roofed and metal siding that people expect from new retail construction,” said Hutchinson. He added that it was designed to complement the area’s architecture with a pitched roof and stone exterior. In addition, it was designed to serve its Amish clientele with the addition of a hitching post for horses.

“My father George had the vision for the building’s architecture and we are really grateful that area residents are embracing it,” said Hutchinson. George A. Hutchinson serves as president and CEO of the company.

Hutchinson Companies has extensive experience erecting commercial buildings. “We have built over 60 retail stores of this kind throughout Pennsylvania and New York,” said Hutchinson.

But this project is more than just another building.

“This is a business that is employing local folks and serving them with needed items during the pandemic in a rural area,” said Hutchinson.

Hutchinson Companies, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with over one and a half million square feet of developed real estate in Pennsylvania and New York. The company specializes in real estate development for commercial, retail, apartments and industrial spaces.

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