The check-out line is 12 shoppers deep at the new Dollar General Grocery Store off Hwy 66 on the east side of Luther as soon as it opened on Friday afternoon.
Dollar General announced in late July it would vacate their former location on N Ash in Luther for the former Walmart grocery spot. The new store offers groceries, and gas but not a pharmacy.
The store opened to a crowd after putting on the finishing touches and ensuring the cash registers worked and the shelves were full of fresh produce and meat, something new for the Dollar General stores in these parts, as they test out their new store concept. (Editorial note: we’ll hope for a different outcome than the Walmart test of their new market concept that shuttered the store after seven months). The DG Grocery opened more than a month before the corporate office said it would. Oklahoma County Assessor records show that DolGenCorp LLC purchased the property from Walmart Real Estate Business Trust on July 26, 2016, for $750,000. The assessor shows the value of the property at $1.3 million.
The Town of Luther sold the three-acre property to Walmart in December 2014, for $160,000. Meanwhile, no definitive word on the sale of the now vacated Dollar General on Ash. It had been listed online as available, but now is not. It is not clear whether the building has sold for its reported asking price of $1 million.
The Luther DG purchase was part of a package purchase of closed Walmart Express stores across the country. Dollar General operates 12,000 stores and has 100,000 employees.