NEARBY: Dollar General Opens Store

The newly constructed Dollar General store on Route 179 has opened.

The outside of the store on a recent day.
Credit: Tom Sofield/

The new Dollar General store along Route 179 has opened after weeks of appearing completed but not open.

A reader reported the store opened within the past week.

The store on Route 179 near Music Mountain, which sits near the border for the City of Lambertville, was stocked and had staff working on Monday.

West Amwell Township officials gave the green light to the project in 2021.

When presenting their plans, Dollar General representatives cited the area’s traffic, median income, the number of homes nearby, and the absence of competition as key factors for building the location.

At the time, a company representative told West Amwell Township officials the average customer is in the store for 10 minutes or less and spends about $10 per trip.

However, Dollar General’s arrival has not been without controversy.

During the 2021 planning board meeting where approval was granted, residents voiced concerns about potential issues such as increased trash, traffic congestion, delivery truck noise, and potential devaluation of local properties.

Founded in 1939 in Kentucky, Dollar General has grown its footprint to more than 18,700 stores across the U.S. and Mexico, boasting revenues of $27 billion as of March.

The retailer has been on the receiving end of criticism for its low-wage jobs and pricing irregularities.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.

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