Location, location, location. It's everything in real estate, or so they say.
Apparently, "they" are right. A difficult location is forcing Dollar General to close its doors in Payson.
"It's not making a profit," said District Manager Brent Pendleton, who oversees 13 Dollar General stores in northeastern Arizona (there are about 60 statewide).
The Payson store started a closeout sale Thursday, May 22, and will continue until the inventory is sold, Pendleton said -- possibly for four more weeks.
The store opened in Payson in February 2005 and has employed between five and six people during its operation.
Pendleton said the abundance of similar and thrift stores is not a factor.
"We are in other markets (with similar competition), but it has not affected our sales there," he said.
"Location is really the big problem. We're set back from the road, we're up from the intersection."
He said the area has the population to support a Dollar General store, so there is a possibility the company will bring one back to the community, if a more suitable location can be found in the future.