New home decor store set to pOp up in Albemarle in the coming days

Albemarle is about to get a new shopping option when the home decor store pOpshelf opens within the coming days.

pOpshelf, an offshoot of Dollar General, is tentatively scheduled to open Friday at 739 N.C. Highway 24-27 at the old Dollar General location, pending approval of a fire inspection. It was originally supposed to open last month, but had some delays.

The store will offer a range of items (mostly under $5) including home décor, beauty products, party supplies, specialty foods and electronics.

“I think that Albemarle is going to be very excited because it brings something we don’t have,” said store manager Erica Hill. “We do have home decor in Albemarle, but we don’t have it to the extent that pOpshelf has and we definitely don’t have the price point that we’re going to be able to offer the community.”

pOpshelf decided to open a location in Albemarle following results of a survey conducted on the company’s Instagram account, which showed the city would be a popular choice.

“Dollar General looked at the population and the area and thought it would be a good fit” for a store, Hill said.

The location, which is 8,250 square feet, will have 15 employees, each of whom have been training for about a month in Matthews in preparation.

“My team is ecstatic to be at the location,” Hill said. “They’re pretty excited about everything and have been working really hard this week.”

Dollar General debuted pOpshelf in fall 2020 and opened its first two stores near Nashville in late October 2020. There are now more than 50 locations across the Southeast, including 12 in North Carolina.

The store will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.