WJ council approves Dollar General site plan

By Audrey Ingram - aingram@civitasmedia.com

West Jefferson village council members approved a site and landscaping plan Monday night for a new Dollar General at 45 Taylor-Blair Road.

The 9,221-square-foot store would be located in the northwest corner of the intersection of Taylor-Blair Road and U.S. 40.

Dollar General executives will likely make the final decision on whether or not to move forward and build the store in mid- or late July, corporate communications rep Crystal Ghassemi said Tuesday via email.

Jeff Paulson, an engineer with the firm working on plans for the proposed Dollar General, told council members Monday night that construction would likely take three to four months. Doors could open by the end of the year, he added.

The store would include coolers for a few grocery items, such as milk, cheese, lunch meat and some frozen items, but the majority of the space is slated for household and paper goods, Paulson said.

Dollar General stores typically serve customers within a three- to five-mile radius or 10-minute drive, Ghassemi said.

The village’s planning and zoning commission approved three parking variances for the new store in January. Commission members approved the site and landscaping plan on April 6.

A pharmacy, Happy Druggist, is slated to open across from the proposed Dollar General.

It will be the third location for Plain City Druggist owners Joe and Robin Craft.

Craft has been considering expansion into West Jefferson since the village’s last pharmacy closed about eight years ago, months after the village’s last grocery store closed its door, he told the Press in February.

He hoped to open the store this spring, but was waiting until the pharmacy was signed up to work with the bulk of area insurance providers.


By Audrey Ingram


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