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Store construction makes progress

Dollar General, located at 87 Hebron Church Road in Wylliesburg is seeing new progress with the installation of the metal building frame.

The store sits adjacent to the current Tastee-Freez and has been a work in progress.

A joint public hearing between the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors and the Charlotte County Planning Commission regarding a conditional use permit for the construction of the new Dollar General Store in Wylliesburg was held Aug. 7, 2017.

During the public hearing, Par 5 Development Group Engineer Michael Lynch said the proposed location will contain a 6,300-square-foot parking lot with 32 parking spaces and a loading spot for tractor trailers.

Additionally, Elder said at that time, a new private septic and well would need to be installed.

Also during that time, Par 5’s Assistant Development Manager Zac Ivey said signage for the proposed Dollar General will be the same as what is at the Dollar General that’s in Drakes Branch.

He said the proposed Wylliesburg building will also be the same as the one in Drakes Branch.

The 76.42 acre parcel where the store is located is zoned agricultural, however, the complete project will only occupy 3 acres.

County Planner and Purchasing Agent Monica Elder previously said in August there is a three-acre requirement for properties zoned agricultural, which means a conditional use permit is needed.

According to the permit application, the store is being constructed by the Par 5 Development Group, LLC.

According to its website, the firm has been a preferred developer for Dollar General stores since 2009.

This past February, Dollar General Media Relations Representative Angela Petkovic said the Wylliesburg Dollar General was in a due diligence phase.

“This means we are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, but we have not committed to doing so just yet,” Petkovic said at that time. “Based on our current timeline, we anticipate to have a final decision on this by mid-spring.”

The Wylliesburg Dollar General will join the ranks with several other Dollar General stores in the county, including Keysville, Drakes Branch, the newly renovated Charlotte Court House location and current locations in progress including Red House and Phenix.

“We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration,” said Petkovic.

According to a press release from Dollar General, as of May 4, the company operated 14,761 stores in 44 states.

“The Company plans to open approximately 900 new stores, remodel 1,000 stores and relocate 100 stores in fiscal year 2018,” said the release.