July 18, 2012NORTHUMBERLAND — Dollar General (DG), a publicly traded retail discount chain, is undertaking due diligence and fact-finding as it considers whether or not to proceed with applying for a building permit to construct a retail store with 35 parking spaces at 274 State Street (Route 3). DG is looking into building a one-story, 9,100-square-foot store, of which 7,000 sq. ft. would be devoted to active retail sales, on a lot zoned light industrial but previously used for retail space, now owned by Deborah Weeks.
Matt Casey of the Cleveland-Ohio-based development company, Zaremba Group, explained to the Northumberland Planning Board at its July 11 meeting that the Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based company is giving serious consideration to building a store that would have a single tractor-trailer delivery made each week, plus other smaller trucks delivering such standard items as soft drinks and snacks.
The store would create some 10 to 15 jobs in town and be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Lights, including shielded parking lot lights, would be turned on a half-hour before opening and turned off a half-hour after closing.
Likely, if DG does decide to move forward with the project, its application would be ready for consideration at the Board's September meeting. DG is considering building a store in Groveton in addition to constructing the one permitted on March 28 by the Whitefield Planning Board with 46 parking spaces on Route 3 North (Lancaster Road). Groundbreaking at the Whitefield store, Casey said, is now slated for August.
According to its corporate website, Dollar General has more than 10,000 stores in 40 states, most located in small to mid-size communities.
The Planning Board also heard three abutters express their concerns at a preliminary hearing of a major subdivision proposed by developers Chet and Janet Savage at 188 Lost Nation Road. The Board indicated it could not act on hearsay that a never-permitted junkyard had spilled over onto the proposed development site.