CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council heard plans of a new Dollar General store during Tuesday’s meeting.
The company is looking to build a 12,480-square-foot market on U.S. 90, and would relocate the store which is currently downtown Chipley to the new location, which will be a bigger Dollar General store and will feature more groceries and have up to 50 coolers, said Tom Hodges, who was representing Dollar General at the meeting.
The council was asked to approve an application for abandonment of public property so the process of building the new store could begin.
“What this does is it allows the process to start,” said City Administrator Dan Miner. “It still has to go through planning and zoning, the whole nine yards. This is just necessary before they can begin.”
The council approved the application, but Mayor Linda Cain said she was unhappy to see the store move.
“That’s not a convenient as having a store right downtown,” Mayor Linda Cain said. “And that means we’re going to have another empty building.”
The store would be located across from Gulf Power on U.S. 90 East, Miner said. The project is called Teramore Development, and Teramore Development is requesting the abandonment of the 10th Street right-of-way as well as the 20-foot alley intersecting the 10th Street right-of-way.
The new Dollar General store will be a hybrid between a regular store and the Dollar General Market, such as the one in Slocomb, Ala., Hodges said.
Dollar General Corporation, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn. is the nation's largest small-box discount retailer, according to the website dollargeneral.com.
Dollar General ranks among the largest retailers of top-quality, such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills and Nabisco.
Dollar General has 10,000 stores in located in 40 states and 11 distribution centers, according to the website, and posted $14.8 billion in sales.