Clarksville, Iowa – An unique economic trend is happening in parts of Northeast Iowa where the smaller mom and pop stores are closing and big box chain stores are taking their place.
Clarksville is one community where this is happening after Tuesday’s groundbreaking with Trinity Rail Service, a railcar manufacturing company.
Mayor Val Swinton says work’s already begun on the plant.
The announcement of the Texas based company is coupled with the construction and opening of a new Dollar General.
Swinton says the addition of Dollar General will help offset the burden on residents once the grocery store closes its doors.
Trinity Rail will add 500 jobs once the plant is fully operational. Dollar General is offering many household items and food.
He says the retail store will help fill a void.
Dollar General has been open for a week, the grand opening is scheduled for Saturday. Trinity Rail will begin with 230 jobs before expanding to 500.