Town moves forward on Dollar General

TOMS BROOK — The Dollar General proposed for Shenandoah County’s smallest town is looking increasingly likely.

At its meeting Thursday night, the Planning Commission reviewed the updated preliminary site plans for the store, which would locate on Main Street next to the old Toms Brook School and across from the Handy Mart.

JMB Investments would serve as the landlord of the property and rent it to Dollar General under a 20-year initial lease.

According to contractor Allen Brawley, who has been representing JMB Investments at the planning commission meetings, the store is likely to locate in Toms Brook if the lot can be rezoned from a residential to B1 classification. He said he expects the store to be built as early as April.

“I live 300 miles from here [in Mooresville, North Carolina] and I’m doing this as an agent for the owner, and I wouldn’t be doing this as an agent for the owner if I didn’t think we had a pretty good shot of building it,” he said.

Although there are four Dollar General stores in Shenandoah County alone, Brawley said the company sees a worthy location in Toms Brook.

“I can tell you that Dollar General will not go into a town where they (think) their gross sales will be under a million dollars a year,” he said after the meeting. “They predict it will be very much worth it.

“They’ve done a demographic study, they’ve said they’d like to be in this area, they feel like the market’s here and then the owner came in and found the lot [at 3224 S. Main St.].”

Preliminary site plans call for a 9,100-square-foot building with an all-brick facade and either a fence or line of shrubs separating the store from its two adjacent properties. Brawley said the average Dollar General hires about 10 total employees.

The Toms Brook Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A public hearing on the Dollar General store could be held in February.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com