The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

July 19, 2013

Construction will start soon on Conneaut Dollar General

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — Two months after land was purchased, there are signs construction will begin soon on a downtown Dollar General store in Conneaut.

A pre-construction meeting on the project is slated for sometime next week, City Manager Tim Eggleston said Thursday. Traditionally, such meetings usually mean work is imminent.

“It should start soon,” Eggleston said.

The Zaremba Group finalized the purchase of property in the vicinity of State, Harbor and Washington streets in mid-May. Four buildings will be torn down to make room for a 9,100-square foot store. No demolition permits had been obtained by Zaremba by mid-week, officials said.

Meanwhile, a second new Dollar General store is making good progress at Gore and West Main roads. Work began in earnest in April, and signs were erected earlier this week. Earlier this year officials said the store was scheduled to open in August.

The downtown store will have the same dimensions as the west side store, developers have said. Progress on the downtown store was slowed somewhat by some tweaking to the building’s exterior. City officials insisted on — and secured — cosmetic improvements that would bring its appearance more in line with neighboring buildings.

Both projects have been enthusiastically endorsed by the city’s Planning Commission. Each store has a different developer. At a public hearing last year, a representative for the developer of the west side store said he believed two stores could exist in Conneaut.

The downtown store will replace a Dollar General that has operated for many years from a storefront at Main and Washington streets.