Dollar General penalized for scanner violations


copyright the Chronicle June 21, 201


by Tena Starr


The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has penalized Dollar General in the amount of more than $210,000 for 47 separate price scanner violations since 2013, including $24,000 in penalties this year.

“Agency inspectors have observed repeated pricing inaccuracies, which could shortchange customers, such as discrepancies between the posted shelf price and the price charged at the register,” an Agency of Agriculture press release says.

The Agriculture Agency’s Consumer Protection Section sends out investigators who check the accuracy of weights at stores that use them. They also look for price scanner violations. For the first violation, the agency issues an official notice. If trouble persists, the agency might issue a penalty and take other action.

“The Agency of Agriculture has levied increasing monetary penalties against Dollar General over the past four years,” said Kristin Haas, head of the Agriculture Agency’s Food Safety and Consumer Protection Division.

“We feel it’s important that consumers are aware of these inaccuracies, so they can take an active role in ensuring they’re charged accurately, by checking their receipts and paying close attention in the store.”

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Barton Motors to be sold at auction


The former Barton Motor Company property.  Photo by Tena Starr

The former Barton Motor Company property. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle May 13, 2015

by Tena Starr

BARTON — The Barton Motor Company, for many years a thriving Ford dealership, will go up for foreclosure auction on June 15.

Court papers say that Winston Harper, who once owned the company with his brother Woody Harper, is owed $434,802 in principle and interest. They also say that there are six federal tax liens on the property, amounting to a little over $103,000.

Woody Harper died in February, 15 years after he and his brother parted ways as co-owners of the company.

Winston Harper said their father bought the dealership and garage in 1958….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Dollar General builds new retail store in North Troy

Construction is underway on this site in North Troy, which will be the home of Vermont’s thirteenth Dollar General store. The 9,100-square foot store will provide jobs for between six and ten employees. The tentative completion date is October 24 with the store anticipated to open by the end of the month.
Photo by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 9-12-2012

NORTH TROY — Dollar General confirmed this week that it will build a 9,100-square-foot store in North Troy.  The store is expected to open by the end of October.

“Seventy percent of our stores are located in smaller, rural communities with fewer than 20,000 people,” said Dollar General Communications Director Rebecca Sanders on Monday.  “While we do have stores in larger, urban and suburban areas, our focus has always been on meeting the needs of rural communities.  This store was just a great fit for us.”

Dollar General operates a dozen stores in Vermont, including one in Richford and another in Lyndonville.  When they open, the North Troy store will employ between six and ten people, Ms. Sanders said.  The exact number of employees will be determined by customer traffic.

The North Troy project is unique on several levels, Ms. Sanders said.  Most Dollar General stores are in leased buildings, but in North Troy the store will be custom built on Main Street.  The average Dollar General store is also a modest 7,200 square feet, but the North Troy store will measure 9,100 square feet.

The size of a store is typically related to the variety of merchandise it carries coupled with the store’s proximity to its competitors, Ms. Sanders said.  The geographic and demographic profile of the North Troy location indicated that a bigger store would be better able to serve its customer base.

Dollar General labels itself a “small-box retailer,” combining the buying power of 10,000 locations in 40 states while tailoring product lines to meet the needs of its customer base, Ms. Sanders said.  Shoppers can expect to see a wide variety of brand name goods at affordable prices, she said.

“Easy to navigate stores, low prices and convenient locations are what we strive for at Dollar General,” Ms. Sanders said.

Alan Bellis is the senior project manager at the Ohio-based Zaremba Group, the company responsible for construction on the project.  Mr. Bellis said construction is slated for completion on October 24, with the store opening the following weekend.

“It’s a pretty aggressive timeline but it can be done,” Mr. Bellis said.  “I wasn’t personally involved in the permitting process, but I would guess that this project has been in the works for the better part of a year.”

Ms. Sanders was unable to verify the construction schedule.

“I do know that we will make an effort to let people know about our grand opening when that time comes,” she said.  “We’re thrilled to be able to open this store and become a part of your community.  We hope that people will be as pumped up and excited about this new store as we are.”

Dollar General sells clothing, accessories, food, health and beauty products, household and outdoor products, baby items, school supplies, toys, and more.

contact Richard Creaser at [email protected]

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