EDDINGTON, Maine — A discount store chain is scouting for locations to build a 9,300-square-foot retail facility and recently approached town planners about one spot that required a zoning change, a representative from the engineering firm working with the company said Wednesday.
Dollar General, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has more than 11,500 stores nationwide, with locations in Auburn and Lewiston. In July, the Windham Planning Board approved a store on Route 302. Its website describes the company as the “nation’s largest small-box discount retailer.” It sells both name brand and generic food, clothing and merchandise.
The spot initially picked, located on Route 9 across the road from the East Eddington Community Church, will not work for the store, planners told Troy McDonald, executive vice president and partner for Northeast Civil Solutions of Scarborough. Even so, McDonald said Wednesday that he believes the firm will find another location in town.
“Eddington is an area that the store would like to go into,” McDonald said.
The location the town rejected is part of Eddington Village, located at the junction of Route 9 and Route 46.
“This is a historic area of town that includes the Eddington Community Church, Comins Hall and historic homes,” the town’s website states.
Since planners did not support the initial site selected, the search continues, McDonald said.
“They want to be a good neighbor,” he said of Dollar General. “They’re an asset in a community.”
Town planners also have posted an amendment to the wireless telecommunication facilities ordinance on the town’s website that would allow cellphone towers, currently restricted to agricultural or farm lands in town, in all areas of town except the conservation district.
The amendment will be presented to the council at its next meeting, and the panel is expected to schedule a public hearing to get input from the community, before a local referendum is planned.