Those going to the MAT Plaza in Smithfield Township are likely to have observed store closing signs at the Dollar General store, but the final day the store will be open remains uncertain.

Matt Buffington, president of MAT Plaza LLC, explained to The Daily News that Dollar General decided not to renew its lease, and he is searching for someone else to occupy the storefront.

“They didn’t give us a time they would be out, but we’re marketing it now for lease,” he said, noting they don’t have any tenants lined up at this time to fill the space.

“We are willing to subdivide the lease, and right now, it’s about 7,600 square feet, but we can divide it down to around 1,500 feet, for a negotiated lease price,” said Buffington.

Angela Petkovic, Dollar General corporate spokesperson, didn’t give a timeline on when the store will close, but she did give a reason.

“As part of a continual review on how we can best meet our customers’ needs, we made the decision to close our store at 9048 William Penn Highway in Huntingdon,” she said. “We plan to transfer all employees to nearby stores in the area, and we look forward to continuing to serve Huntingdon residents with value and convenience at our other four store locations in Huntingdon County.”

Construction is currently underway on a new Dollar General Store, located at 12105 William Penn Highway in Henderson Township.

Members of the Huntingdon County Planning Commission reviewed the plans for the new store during their monthly meeting in April.

The plans call for a 9,100 square foot building on 1.1 acres, with parking and stormwater facilities.

Petkovic said a grand opening is slated for late summer.

“But, understand that construction progress may alter this date,” she said. “The store will employ approximately 6-10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store. Anyone interested in joining one of America’s fastest-growing retailers may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.”

She also said while choosing store locations, meeting the needs of customers is a top priority.

“The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice,” she said. “We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10-minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”

There are four other Dollar General locations in the county, including one in Huntingdon Borough, Mount Union Borough, Porter Township and Cromwell Township.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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