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Mascoutah Dollar General Closure Prompts Confusion and Rumor

Dollar General was closed from April 4 to April 12 for what has now been reported to be maintenance issues. It has since reopened fully.


By Zachary Daum

The Mascoutah Dollar General closed on April 4. Many had speculated that this was due to a gas leak on April 4 and the rear door being damaged on March 20 by a stocking truck.

Mascoutah Assistant Fire Chief Rob Stookey discussed the fire department’s arrival on the scene the day of the gas leak, explaining that although there was indeed a gas leak, Dollar General was not required to close by the fire department. “There was a leak on the exterior of the building and it had a shut off valve on the exterior of the building that we were able to shut off. I don’t know who told them to close but the fire department did not. The gas line for one of the heaters that was on the exterior of the building that had nothing to do with the inside of the building. Nobody told them they had to close.”

Although Dollar General Corporate did not comment on either the gas leak or the damaged door, they did release a statement to The Herald. “Our store at 844 North Jefferson Street in Mascoutah, IL is currently closed as we address store maintenance issues. We currently hope to reopen within the next week and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.”

Mascoutah City Manager Becky Ahlvin gave The Herald this report. “The city did not shut them down. As far as we can tell, they are closed due to a maintenance issue between the landlord and Dollar General.”

It has since reopened on April 12. No further information on their closure is available at this time.


  1. Anonymous on June 11, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    I believe Ofallon, Illinois Dollar General is getting ready to close, but I cannot find out any details. Today, (6/11/23), the shelves were bare and many 50% off signs posted. It always seems busy, but it is also very disorganized with its merchandise.

  2. Anonymous on April 14, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    Dollar Generals have been closed temporarily. New Baden has been closed on and off for a couple of months. All of the Dollar General have staffing issues, too much merchandise on the floor ready to be put and blocking walkways.

  3. Anonymous on April 14, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Interestingly enough the Troy Dollar General has been closed too.

  4. Anonymous on April 14, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Glad they are back opened my go to store. Betty ann market is to expensive.

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