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Dollar General plans Turbeville store / February 21, 2019

The Halifax County Planning Commission held a public meeting on Tuesday night that saw speakers turn out in support of a new Dollar General store planned for the Turbeville area.

The commission meeting drew a crowd of over a dozen local residents, who were joined by representatives of Par 5 Development, LLC, which wants to build the new store for the discount retail chain. The Turbeville location would join some half-dozen Dollar General stores already in operation in Halifax County.

Also Tuesday night, planners solicited the public’s views on two amendments to the county code for land use matters.

The first proposed amendment would change the amount of parking spaces required for all buildings, depending on its size. The county code requires one space for every 100 square feet of the building, while the amendment would change that to one space for every 300 square feet.

The second amendment pertains to landowners’ restrictions when granting easement to members of their families. Commission members discussed a motion to amend the code to pertain to those who sell land given to them to those outside of the family. The amendment states that the land must remain in the family for at least five years after the granting of an easement, and would allow these family members to be held accountable if land has been sold outside of immediate family members.

After no comment from the audience on either amendment, planners moved to recommend both for final approval by the Board of Supervisors.

The floor was then opened to the project manager for Par 5 Development, Zack Ivey. Noting Dollar General’s presence in Halifax County, Ivey explained his company has helped to build over 120 locations in Virginia and North Carolina for the discount retailers. “We’re excited to be able to come back and propose this location [that] was asked for by the county.”

The store will be located less than a mile north of the intersection of Turbeville and Melon Road, and will provide “six to eight” new jobs for members of the community, said Ivey. Hours will be from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., and they will be open every day of the week.

Although more showed up for the meeting, only a few people offered comments. Five residents spoke in favor of the new store, saying it would be good for the community and bring much-needed jobs to the area. There was little comment otherwise, and no public opposition.

However, one resident did bring up an alternate idea for the layout of this new store.

Matt Gosney, passing around a photo of a Dollar General in Mount Airy for reference, suggested the store should feature a more country-style building rather than the typical Dollar General design.

“[The photo for reference] is in a very rural part of North Carolina, and I thought it might fit our area better than the typical, brown and yellow Dollar General,” explained Gosney.

He said that he had asked many in the area about this idea and “they all seem to be in favor of it.”

Unfortunately, it would not be possible for this particular store due to cost, said Ivey.

“We start with a budget beforehand,” Ivey explained. As with their stores in Halifax and Cluster Springs, this Dollar General will have a standard brick-front, as well as “night-sky friendly” lighting.

With no opposition, the Commission voted to recommend the new addition. No dates have been mentioned for when the construction will begin — though they may have more information by their next planners meeting on March 19.

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