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Structural changes underway for new Dollar Market store
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RIPON — Construction is underway transforming the former Mar Val Market in Ripon into a new Dollar Market expected to open sometime in April.

The discount retailer Dollar General Corporation is also going into Stockton taking over the four Centro-Mart locations in that city.

The firm announced last week that it plans to open a total of 625 new stores and add more than 6,000 new jobs during the 2012 year ahead.  Some 35 of those stores are being located between Bakersfield and Northern California.

A distribution center is going to be located somewhere in California.  The company also plans to remodel or relocate 550 of their stores.

Despite the weak economy, the company has seen three straight years of growth including the hires planned this year.  Dollar General Corporation has reportedly created more than 21,000 jobs since 2009.

The new 27,000-square-foot Ripon facility will follow the model of mixing a grocery store with hardware and clothing merchandise being presented across the country.