Five years after Dollar General opened a second store in Carpentersville, the corporate office has closed it down, citing poor performance, an official confirmed Tuesday.
Officials closed the store at 150 S. Western Ave. in the Spring Hill Marketplace, on May 25, after originally opening it in May 2007.
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"We're always evaluating our stores and re-evaluating them to best serve our customers," said Emily Weiss, a corporate spokeswoman for Tennessee-based Dollar General. "We look at a number of factors, including location, the cost of rent, profitability, the age of the store -- those types of things -- and in the end, keeping this store open, it didn't fit into our goal of always providing value and convenience for our customers, and so we decided to close this location."
Dollar General bills itself as the largest discount retailer by its sheer number of stores -- there are more than 10,000 stores in 40 states, Weiss said.
Dollar General operates another store in Carpentersville at 150 S. Kennedy Drive and that one remains open. It's been around since 1988 and is about three miles away from the store that closed.
A typical store employs between six and 10 people and the company worked with employees at the closed store find jobs at other locations, Weiss said.
"I don't think it's the village's fault, it's market forces," Carpentersville Assistant Village Manager Joe Wade said. "The reality is that businesses come and go. We will work with the owner of the plaza to try and get a replacement business."
John Livaditis, the strip mall's owner, did not return a call seeking comment.