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Zoning Board Approves Dollar General

Garrett Homes, Inc., recently built and opened this Dollar General store in Morris, about 10 miles north of where it plans to build a Woodbury location.

WOODBURY – A 7,465-sq.-ft. building for a Dollar General store at a vacant 614 Main. St. S. property was approved by the Zoning Board on Tuesday.

The application by Garrett Homes, LLC was approved by a 4-1 margin.

Despite outcry from residents at Zoning Board meetings, the board contended that there was no legal stipulation that could keep the application from being approved.

Dollar General opened stores in Morris and Oxford in 2018, and there are 17 Dollar General Stores within 20 miles of the one planned for Woodbury.

With more than 15,000 stores nationwide, Dollar General sells
products from brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestlé, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo, according to its corporate website. Dollar General also sells private label brands.

While some opponents of the Garrett Homes plan feel Dollar General may encroach on local businesses, market observers suggest the contrary.

“The pressure on independent retailers is undeniable, and it’s relentless and it’s not going away anytime soon,” Ed Lavernoich of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council told Connecticut Post in December. “It’s a good thing from the perspective that you’re activating spaces, and, in some cases, you are seeing lots cleaned up.”

The vacant lot approved for Dollar General is a former dump, and opponents have claimed the building should not be built because of environmental concerns.

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