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A 22,000 square foot ALCO discount store will be built on the northwest corner of U.S. 40 and State.

Plans include a 75-vehicle parking lot. The shops in the State Street Plaza will not be impacted by the construction project.Snow Construction has been named general contractor. Gordon Snow says work on the ALCO store is expected to get under way as early as next week. Store officials have set a September opening.

Although the ALCO Discount Store chain is new to Utah, it is well-known in 14 states in the central portion of the United States where there are currently 104 ALCO Stores. ALCO Discount Stores represent a division of Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. with headquarters in Abilene, Kan. In addition, the company operates 37 variety or specialty stores in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska.

Glen Shank, president of Duckwall-ALCO, said the Roosevelt store will stress convenience, friendliness and service by offering a quality, full-line general merchandise selection at discount prices. Merchandise will be supplied to the store from ALCO's 350,000-square-foot distribution center in Abilene.

Irene Hansen, director of the Duchesne County Area Chamber of Commerce, said ALCO representatives have been considering Roosevelt as a possible building site for the past eight months, and on their fifth visit to the area last week, officially announced plans to proceed with construction plans.

"The company seems so good and so community-minded," Hansen said following the announcement. "They are really going to be an asset."

She describes ALCO as "basically on the Wal-Mart, Kmart line as far as carrying everything, but on a smaller scale."

Not only has the chamber been working with ALCO officials she said, but Roosevelt officials also played a big part in encouraging store officials to locate here.

"I really think your shopping and retail community has a lot to do with the morale of the community," Hansen said. "It's going to make us viable. Now we can really offer some real shopping."

Just last month, the Ben Franklin chain announced plans to locate in the former Sprouse building. That opening is set for the first of June. According to Shank, the new ALCO store will employ approximately 25 associates, to be hired primarily from the Roosevelt trade area.

Dennis Alesio, vice president of personnel for the chain, indicated that representatives of the company will schedule and announce application dates for the associate openings, "We feel confident that we will be able to find well qualified individuals to fill the group manager and sales associates positions," said Alesio. The store manager and assistant manager will be assigned from ALCO's existing management pool.