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Family Dollar looks at Mineral

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

Residents may soon have another shopping option available in and near the town of Mineral. Family Dollar has filed an application to build an 8,320-square-foot retail store in the town on 1.10 acres fronting Mineral Avenue.

The town’s planning commission reviewed the application and plans at its meeting on Thursday, June 6 and unanimously agreed to forward the project to the Mineral Town Council for further review and a decision.

Commissioners had plenty of questions about the $1.1 million project design that they saw for the first time at the meeting. Questions centered on the property, water and sewer connections, parking and lighting issues and potential impacts to neighboring businesses.

Commissioner Steve Pekary asked whether Family Dollar could have a negative impact on Miller’s Market, which is located nearly across the street from where the new store would be built if it is approved.

It was noted that the products carried by the two stores would differ somewhat, since Family Dollar does not sell fresh produce, meats or prepared deli-food items. The store would carry milk, bread, frozen items and other packaged groceries.

“Miller’s has a pretty big lot,” Pekary said. “I’d hate for something to happen and that lot become vacant.”

Tom Runnett, chairman of the planning commission, said that he believes that Family Dollar could be a boon to other businesses in the town.

“I think it’ll bring traffic to that end of the town,” Runnett said. “Competition is good. It gives folks options.”

Commissioner Al Gutekenst pointed out that there are duplicate businesses in the county that have not been affected by competition, including restaurants offering the same cuisine.

To read the entire story, see the June 13 edition of The Central Virginian.