Construction collapses at future Dollar General in Copenhagen

WWNY Construction collapses at future Dollar General in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Copenhagen doesn’t have too many stores and excitement spread when residents learned a Dollar General was coming right on Main Street.

“I think it’s a good thing. I think it will compliment the community and it will be a lot less travel for local people,” said Amanda Kloster, Cottage Inn manager.

But, they’ll have to wait a bit longer for its completion. On Wednesday, several roof trusses collapsed.

Neighbor and former village superintendent Phil Eggleston was watching crews work that day.

“The V-shaped trusses bowed toward the front and the triangular trusses toward the back - something gave way and it collapsed. It was very unfortunate, but thank God nobody was in there,” he said.

Coincidentally, the Post-Star reports the same thing happened on the same day to another Dollar General being built in Hartford, New York.

Despite the setback, Copenhagen Mayor Kenneth Clarke says he’s looking forward to the store providing to new opportunities for residents.

“It’ll give a few more people within the local area a chance to get a job, especially in this time of the coronavirus. It’s an additional opportunity for people to shop locally. I’m very excited,” said Eggleston.

7 News reached out to Dollar General for comment, but we haven’t heard back yet.

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