Dollar General opened its fourth store in Waldo County Monday, March 15, at 256 Main St. The store formerly was a Rite Aid drugstore, which closed two years ago after Walgreens purchased the chain.

Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the new Dollar General is one of three "dollar" stores within blocks of each other in Belfast. The other two are Family Dollar stores, one in Belfast Plaza downtown, the other on Lincolnville Avenue across from Hannaford Supermarket.

Other Waldo County Dollar General stores have opened in recent years in Morrill, Searsport and Winterport.

In a press release announcing the opening of the Belfast store, Dollar General said it provides area residents with affordable and convenient store locations to purchase household essentials including food, cleaning supplies, paper products, over-the-counter medicines, hygiene products, baby items and more.

The store is expected to employ six to 10 people, depending on need, according to the press release. Dollar General also continues to hire new employees across its store, distribution and private fleet networks. The company said it offers competitive wages, training and development programs, and benefits, including day-one telemedicine eligibility and Dollar General’s Employee Assistance Foundation, as well as health insurance coverage options, 401k savings and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave and adoption assistance to eligible employees. Career information is available at https://careers.dollargeneral.com.

Dollar General supports literacy and education initiatives through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The addition of the Belfast store opens the opportunity for schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of the store to apply for Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants.

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 12 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit dgliteracy.com.