PANDORA – Dollar General may bring a store to the village of Pandora, causing some concerns among local business owners.
“I don’t have a problem with competition,” said Ted Sigler, owner of Sigler’s Market. “My biggest concern is the company is corporate-owned and little comes back into the community.”
Village administrator Stan Schneck said council members have signed a proposed purchase agreement to sell 1.45 acres in Pandora’s Industrial Park to Franklin Land Associates for $65,000. The council held three readings on a resolution in February. The reality company will take the proposal to Dollar General’s real estate committee for approval, Schneck indicated.
Schneck said he was approached in October about the company’s interest in acquiring land for a store in Pandora.
“We had their representatives talk to the Pandora Chamber of Commerce and village council about their plans,” Schneck said. “We wanted to act with due diligence.” He said the main concerns expressed by the chamber and council were the effect the store’s local location would have on Ted’s Market and Riley Creek Pharmacy.
Schneck said council directed him to contact other villages with Dollar General stores to ask about their experiences. He said he received primarily positive reports from mayors and village administrators in other communities.
Sigler said he has received letters from business owners in other communities about the negative effects of Dollar General.
“My suppliers told me that I would lose 20 percent of my sales,” Sigler said. He also began a petition in November 2012 against locating the store in Pandora. Sigler said nearly 300 people signed the petition.
“That was over a short period of time,” he said.
Schneck said the $65,000 price of the land will cover the cost the village will incur to widen the road, put on another layer of blacktop and make required sewer system changes. The proposed site is along Main Street on the east side of town, just east of the car wash.
“If the property the Realtors wanted was not owned by the village, we would not have had any say on their locating in the village except for zoning requirements,” Schneck said.
“It was a tough decision for council to make,” he said. “No one wants to see existing businesses get hurt. But on the other hand, any community that is growing has to consider needing to add businesses.
Schneck said the council probably will be contacted in late April if plans for a Dollar General in Pandora will proceed.