The Dollar General Corp. is looking at tearing down the former Steak House on the five lane and building a new store for Marion at that site.
A site plan for a new and bigger Dollar General store has been submitted by the company to the Marion City Hall and it has been approved by city officials. The new store will be located at the site of the old Steak House, which has stood empty for the past few years. Last week, the discount store chain got a building permit for a new store there.
City officials said they have not received any word as to when Dollar General will start construction or when it will open. The new store will cover slightly less than 8,700 square feet and will have a landscaped parking lot, according to the site plan. It will be similar to the store in Pleasant Gardens, according to Lauren Auton, development review administrator and Spencer Elliott, chief building official.
Elliott said to The McDowell News that Dollar General has had a demolition permit to tear down the old Steak House for some time now.
But it appears the store chain has not yet made a final decision about the site.
Dollar General spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said her company is currently in a due diligence phase for a new Dollar General off North Main Street in Marion.
“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,” Petkovic said in an email to The McDowell News. “Based on our current timeline, we anticipate to have a final decision on this by summer 2020. Feel free to check back periodically for updates.”
She added this due diligence involves “securing all necessary permits to ensure that we can move forward with a project should we decide to at the conclusion of that process.”
If and when Dollar General decides to build a new store there, the existing one at the Marion City Square would close and those employees would go to work at the new location.
“We are currently in due diligence to relocate our current location 500 N. Main St., Suite 5,” said Petkovic in her email. “Should we move forward with this project, employees from our current location at 500 N. Main St., Suite 5 would simply relocate to the new location once it opened.”
The new Dollar General would have approximately 6 to 10 employees, depending on the individual needs of the store. Petkovic said anyone interested in working there may apply for available positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.
McDowell County already has nine Dollar General stores. Marion has two stores and Old Fort has one. The communities of Dysartsville, Nebo, North Cove, Old Fort, Pleasant Gardens, and Sugar Hill/Montford Cove each have one.
“Our customers are at the center of all that we do and meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority when choosing store locations,” said Petkovic to The McDowell News. “The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10-minute drive. We also take competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”