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New Dollar General proposed in Plum

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 9:51 PM

A new Dollar General likely will be built off Unity Center Road in Plum this year.

Developer PennTex Ventures of Pittsburgh recently submitted plans for a 9,100-square-foot store on a vacant lot along the Allegheny County roadway.

Borough council unanimously approved its conditional use and land development application Monday night.

“As long as their business coming in is providing value to the residents, and is operating in accordance with the established borough policies and procedures, then we welcome the business,” council President Dave Odom said.

Council Vice President Dave Vento said the approval was contingent upon the store having a uniform appearance on three sides of the building.

“I like the proposal,” Vento said. “It’s going to be a nice-looking store.”

Assistant borough Manager David Soboslay said the developer went through the planning commission last month, a conditional use hearing last week, and plans are moving smoothly.

“It’s pretty standard,” he said. “PennTex has been very responsive to our inquiries and have been easy to work with.”

PennTex Project Design Manager Benjamin Syput said they still need storm water management and erosion control permits from the state, a highway occupancy permit from the county and a building permit from the borough among other approvals as part of the process.

They hope to break ground in early February with a grand opening by the end of May.

Dollar General spokesperson Angela Petkovic said the company is in its “due diligence phase” and has not set an official construction date.

The proposed store would create about 10 jobs, depending on the needs of the store.

“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,” Petkovic said. “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.”

PennTex developed a Dollar General in Plum a few years ago at a former McDonald’s location along Route 286, as well as multiple stores throughout the state.

There are more than 20 locations within 10 miles of the borough, according to the company’s website.

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