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Retail: Dollar General plans Litchfield store

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Dollar General plans to open a 9,000 square foot store in the Summergate development in Litchfield this summer. The site will be in addition to the company’s store in Pawleys Island.

“This will be a more convenient location,” said Emily Weiss, a spokeswoman for the Goodletsville, Tenn., based company, who explained that the discount stores typically draw from customers in a 3 to 5 mile radius or about a 10-minute drive.

The store will lease 1.3 acres in the development, which is on Highway 17 across from Salt Marsh Cove and next to HealthPoint. Gilman Drive, the main street through Summergate, will also provide access to a county tennis complex which is scheduled to open in the fall.

The Litchfield store is one of 625 Dollar General plans to open in 2012. Although the company’s website lists among its criteria for locations a median household income of under $75,000 a year, Weiss said “our stores serve all variety of demographics.”

The merchandise is generally the same in all the stores, she said.

Dollar General will be the first building to go up in Summergate, which was approved for a mix of residential and commercial uses. The 7.7 acres of commercial property were sold in foreclosure in September 2010 and bought by Summergate Development LLC of Greensboro, N.C., three months later for $1.05 million.

Last fall, Georgetown County approved a change to the commercial tract that reduced the total amount of space in exchange for increasing the maximum size of the largest building from 5,000 to 9,000 square feet. The total space allowed is 29,400 square feet, a reduction of 10,000 square feet.

The lease with Dollar General was signed in August, a month before the zoning change was reviewed by the Georgetown County Planning Commission. It runs for 15 years with options to extend it for another 25 years.

The Litchfield store will employ six to 10 people, Weiss said. Applications will be available at the Pawleys Island store or online.

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