By DAN HEATH
---- — PLATTSBURGH — A large-size Dollar General store is planned for the Lavin Candy Co. property in the City of Plattsburgh’s South End.
The City of Plattsburgh Planning Board approved the plans for the site at 4989 South Catherine St. at its most recent meeting.
The applicant was Primax Properties, based in Charlotte, N.C., a real-estate investment company that specializes in freestanding retail and service properties.
Project Director Cannon Corey said they plan to start demolition of the Lavin Candy building in April and hope to construct the Dollar General in time to open in early July.
“They’re excited to be there, and we’re excited to help them get there,” he said. “We think it will be a successful location.”
The new store will be 130 feet by 70 feet, or 9,100 square feet. That is about 2,000 square feet larger than the average Dollar General location.
The exterior will be a combination of brick and stucco, which is an upgrade from the typical store, Corey said.
Information on how many jobs will be created was not available.
Tennessee-based Dollar General bills itself as the largest small-box retailer in the United States. According to the company website, it had sales of $14.8 billion in fiscal 2011.
Dollar General has more than 10,000 stores in 40 states. Locally, that includes stores in Keeseville, Malone, Peru, Port Henry, Rouses Point, Schroon Lake and Tupper Lake.
Stores typically have between 10,000 to 12,000 stocked units per store. The company has 11 distribution centers, with a total workforce of about 94,000.
The first Dollar General store opened in Springfield, Ky., in 1955. In the beginning, all items in the store were priced at $1 or less. Presently, about one-quarter of the inventory continues to sell at that price.
Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said it is nice to see efforts to redevelop the property, which has been vacant for years.
“This is outstanding news as business development continues in the City of Plattsburgh,” he said. “To develop that area is beneficial for not only the South End but also the region.
“We will continue to seek development in the city.”
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