October 01, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced Dollar General’s commitment to rebuild its store in Porter, Oklahoma, which will restore an affordable retail option to Wagoner County and expand the community’s access to healthier food options.
Construction to rebuild its West Bellaire Avenue store, which was destroyed by a fire in March 2020, is slated to begin in fall 2020 with a completion date currently slated for mid-spring 2021. After the fire, Dollar General conducted a thorough damage assessment and decided not only to rebuild, but to also expand its store layout and product assortment to increase offerings to Porter residents.
“I am proud to announce Dollar General’s commitment to rebuild Porter’s Dollar General,” Inhofe said. “The Dollar General in Porter was the main way folks in the community were able to buy essentials. Since it was destroyed in a fire, Porter residents have been forced to travel miles outside of town for their groceries and other necessary goods. I appreciate Dollar General’s willingness to maintain their footprint in Porter, while expanding the number of coolers so the residents of Porter have additional food options. I look forward to working closely with Dollar General and the Porter community to reopen this store as soon as possible.”
“The town of Porter and the people that make it up are my entire life,” said Sharon Payne, mayor of Porter. “This place and these people mean the world to me and bringing Dollar General back will benefit our town immensely. Thank you to Sen. Inhofe for your relentless efforts to make this happen and thank you to Dollar General for allowing this rebuild to take place.”
“Since opening our store in Porter in 2015, we have remained a committed community business partner by providing positive economic impact, and now is no different,” said Derin Briggs, vice president of store operations of Dollar General. “We are grateful to Senator Jim Inhofe and the Porter’s leadership team for their support and encouragement as we repair and upgrade our store. Our teams are excited to reopen our doors to the Porter community again. We are committed to serve our customers and provide them an affordable and convenient location.”
“The Dollar General here in Porter is relied on by every citizen—it was a necessity and the town felt it when it burned down,” said Tim Criner, owner and operator of Porter Family Feed. “I think I speak for everyone around here when I say how grateful we are for Sen. Inhofe and Dollar General for working to make this rebuild a reality. This new and improved store will do so much good for the Porter community.”