TOWN OF LEE — A new Dollar General store is being proposed off the west side of Turin Road/Route 26, slightly south of the intersection with Stokes-Lee Center Road.
Plans for an approximately 9,100-square-foot store were presented last week to the town Planning Board and will be reviewed by the board plus the state and county.
Depending on the reviews, the board could schedule a public hearing on the project in September and might consider approval by the end of the year, board Vice Chair Edward Davis said Monday.
The proposed Dollar General store would be on a site that currently includes six mobile homes, according to plans presented by Eduard Lavrinovich of Griffiths Engineering of Binghamton. The mobile homes would be removed, based on the plans. Current landowners for the site are listed as Terrence Hemming and Leila Hemming of Rye, N.H. The proposed new store would be just north of a vacant former retail building that has hosted various businesses, and just south of a small-engine repair building. The store location is listed as 3.53 acres.
“At this time, we are currently in due diligence phase for a new Dollar General in Rome...that would be located off Turin Road,” Dollar General company spokesperson Angela Petkovic said Monday.
“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. Based on our current timeline, we anticipate to have a final decision on this by spring 2020,” the spokesperson said.
Petkovic added “should we decide to move forward with this project at the conclusion of our due diligence phase, it would be a new store and would not replace any of our other Rome locations.” Dollar General has a store about three miles south at 8220 Turin Road in the City of Rome’s outside district, plus a store at 801 Black River Blvd. N. in Rome’s inside district.
The new store if it goes forward would have about six-to-10 employees, Petkovic said.
Plans call for one entrance-and-exit off Turin Road, “not directly across” from a Stewart’s shop on the east side of that road, Davis said. He said of the proposed store, “I think it will be an asset,” adding it would provide “an opportunity for people in that area...do basic shopping.”
Among state-related reviews for the project plans are traffic-access impacts regarding Route 26 which is a state road, plus environmental impacts. The town will have an engineer review the project as well, said Planning Board Chairman John McMahon, who was not present at last week’s meeting but is familiar with the plans. He said of the Dollar General proposal, “it seems like it’s well-organized. They know what they’re doing.”
In considering new store locations, Dollar General “looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice,” Petkovic explained. “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.”
Dollar General, based in Tennessee, sells name-brand and private-brand merchandise in categories including packaged foods along with some refrigerated and frozen items, plus health and beauty products, home-cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and clothing. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile store radius to support literacy programs. It has awarded several local school grants, for example.