PIERPONT TOWNSHIP — A Dollar General is in the works and might be open by the end of the year in downtown Pierpont Township.
More than a dozen Dollar General stores exist in Ashtabula County, the most recent being opened several months ago in Williamsfield Township at the intersection of routes 7 and 322.
The Dollar General in the works for Pierpont Township will be built on the northeast corner of routes 7 and 167, according to township trustees. The store will exist on the site of the former Jamboree grocery store.
Trustees said people might start seeing some preliminary work, such as site surveying, beginning this month. The store will open later this year.
Township Trustee Chairman Bob Jackson said the Ashtabula County Port Authority owned the property and was instrumental in bringing the Dollar General to the township.
One thing that might have aided in the store coming to town, Jackson said, was the existence of a fairly new septic system on the site, which had been put there when Jamboree was open.
The septic system had been slated for demolition at one point, Jackson said, but officials were able to work to ensure that it remained on the site as a way to entice future developers to the property.
"Lots of money was spent on that septic system and it was worth it to be saved," Jackson said.
Trustee Barb Culp said the business will be good for the township. Currently, there are no grocery or convenience stores in Pierpont Township.
"I think the Dollar General will be a great convenience for our local residents," Culp said. "Also, I hope it is the beginning of some economic revitalization for the downtown area."
In other business, trustees are working with the county to try to demolish two buildings, a former restaurant and apartment building, across the street from the future Dollar General store.
One of the buildings is in disarray and has been condemned, Jackson said, and officials are working to start a foreclosure process on the properties in order to move forward with demolition.
After demolition, the properties would become township property and green space for possible use as a park, Jackson said.