Dollar General plans to open a new location along Lancaster Pike in Berks County by February.
The township is looking forward to the opening of the store, which would hopefully generate more activity along that business corridor, according to Jeanne Johnston, Cumru Township manager.
Several years ago, a few township committees developed a conceptual plan to promote development along that corridor which was circumvented by the Route 222 bypass that opened in 2006, she said.
The township would like to redevelop the corridor from the Gateway at Grings Hill development off Route 222, creating a bookend plan with the border of Shillington.
One new business in this corridor is a Walgreens which opened at a former Blockbuster location, she said. Now, the former Far East restaurant will be developed as a Dollar General toward the middle of the corridor.
“Hopefully, the development will attract more customers since the township has been looking toward the development of this area,” Johnston said.
The former Kachel Ford dealership and the La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery are two other vacant properties in need of development, she added.
“We are hoping that Dollar General will inspire someone to lease the La-Z-Boy facility,” Johnston said.
The La-Z-Boy facility closed about a year ago, about the same time Dollar General was going through the approval process with the township, Johnston said.
Johnston told Lehigh Valley Business that Dollar General originally wanted to open the store by December but ran into a construction delay related to removing an electric pole.
However, with construction underway, the store is expected to open by February, according to Mary Kathryn Patterson, communications coordinator for Dollar General Corp., a chain of discount stores headquartered in Tennessee.
Dollar General stores are within three to five miles of their customer base, and this location marks the 14th store in Berks County, she said.
The company uses a lot of factors to determine the locations of its stores, including traffic patterns, Patterson said.
“We don’t want anyone to travel more than 10 minutes to get to one of our stores,” Patterson said.
The 7,300-square-foot store will be at 2471 Lancaster Pike. JJO Construction of Mentor, Ohio, is the general contracting company for the project.