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Dollar General opens for business

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Forreston Village Board members and Dollar General personnel gathered early Saturday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony, in honor of the Dollar General opening at the corner of Ill. 26 and North Baileyville Road. After the ribbon was cut, a balloon was released, containing $10 of Dollar General store credit to whomever is lucky enough to find it once it comes down. L to R: Frank Schoensiegel, Ellie Ascher, and Jacob Norris, DG Employees; Heidi Lohman, Store Manager; Kathy Lyman, Temporary District Manager; Mark Metzger, Forreston Village President; Vickye Norris, Forreston Village Board Trustee; and Tim Drayton, Forreston Village Board Trustee. Photo by Zach Arbogast.[]

After more than a year’s worth of negotiations, construction, sewer extensions, and anticipation, a new Forreston business opened its doors.

Dollar General just put in a new store at the corner of West Ill. 26 and North Baileyville Road, and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting Aug. 19 shortly before its 8 a.m. opening.

Inside, staff was preparing for their first open. Store Manager Heidi Lohmann, of Forreston, was going over last-minute details with Kathy Lyman, of Davenport, Iowa, temporary district manager, as she waited for employees Jacob Norris, Ellie Ascher, and Frank Schoensiegel, all of Forreston, to arrive.

“Heidi here’s been one of our best employees for a long time, and if you ask me, it’s about time she got her own store,” said Lyman, shortly before the opening.

“I’m just so glad to be able to work closer to home, now,” replied Lohmann.

Outside the store, a crowd started gathering as early as 7:30 a.m., and hit right near 40 people when it came time to open.

It might seem silly to want to be so early, but consider this: the first 200 customers received a free DG bag and cup, and the first 50 customers were given $10 store gift cards.

Forreston Village President Mark Metzger was present, along with village board trustees Vickye Norris and Tim Drayton.

“This agreement has been in the works for a long time now, and I’m happy to be able to stand here and say a new business is in town,” said Metzger. “Hopefully, this is the start of many more like it.”

With that said, the ribbon was cut, a balloon was released, and the crowd poured into the brand new store.

The balloon is worth a $10 gift card to whomever is lucky enough to find it when it comes down.