Township of Wales to hold special meeting for Dollar General site plan

The Township of Wales will hold a special meeting Monday evening to review the site map for the Dollar General store, and some residents are not happy with the potential new business.

The special planning committee meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall at 1372 Goodells Road and Township Supervisor Elizabeth Masters and Township Resident Matt Kettlewell expect a lot of people to attend.

“I know there is a lot of support for the store, as well as opposition,” Masters said, with the opposition being the “loudest party”.

According to the site plan submitted to the township in April, the Dollar General project measures 9,100 square feet and will be located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Wales Center and Lapeer roads.

Part of a site plan for a Dollar General Store project in the Township of Wales.

“It is the busiest intersection in the Township of Wales,” said Masters.

Dollar General spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said in an email that the company is currently in a “due diligence phase” for a new store on Wales Center Road.

“This means that we are interested in adding a new store in St. Clair County, but have not made a commitment to do so yet,” she said. “Based on our current schedule, we expect a final decision will be made on the store by the end of the summer. “

If the Wales Township Dollar General is built, it will be the 18th location in St. Clair County.

Le Dollar General at 6986 Lakeshore Road in Burtchville Township.

If built, the store will employ 6-10 people. Dollar Generals sells merchandise such as food, health and beauty products, household cleaning products and more, Petkovic said.

She said when the company was deciding on store locations, it wondered if it could meet the price, value and selection needs of customers.

“We further strive to provide convenience to customers who may not have affordable retail options nearby,” she said.

Kettlewell, who lives three miles from the potential new store, said another Dollar General was not needed with one nearby in Emmett.

“They are literally everywhere,” he said.

Where a proposed Dollar General Store would be near the intersection of Wales Center and Lapeer Road in the Township of Wales, according to a site plan submitted in April.

He said Dollar Generals can make it difficult for other convenience stores to establish a stronghold in the community because local stores will not be able to compete with the national chain’s prices.

The Dollar General would increase tax revenues in the township, but Kettlewell said he doesn’t see it as a big advantage for the township to only hire 10 people.

He said he planned to go to the meeting on Monday to hear the opinions of others, “although that’s not going to change anything.”

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Masters said Monday’s meeting was to review the sitemap to make sure the plan includes things like ample parking, complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, and that it has low impact lighting.

“It’s more advanced in the stages than people think,” she said.

Because the township is zoned for general business, Dollar General has the right to build on the site. The township cannot discriminate against a business if it meets the zoning and building criteria, she said.

Masters said the main concern of local residents is that they don’t want to buy products made in China, although Dollar General also sells products made in the United States.

A sign for a special Planning Commission meeting displayed outside Wales Town Hall on June 24, 2021.

She said people were also concerned that the Dollar General could bankrupt more stores. Masters said she believes Dollar General will be different enough from other stores and that there is room for both in the community for different audiences.

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The southeast corner of the intersection of Wales Center and Lapeer roads in the Township of Wales could be developed into Dollar General.  A spokesperson said the company plans to make a decision by the end of the summer.