Retail merchant hoping to expand floor space

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 09:26 PM

The East Andrews Avenue Family Dollar retail store could receive a major upgrade if plans to move to a new location nearby gain approval by the Henderson City Council.

The Henderson Planning Board on Tuesday recommended the asked-for zoning change of a half-acre parcel from industrial to business use that would allow engineers to proceed with their project.

The plan would begin with tearing down an old industrial warehouse on Wilbur Street across the East Andrews thoroughfare from the Family Dollar Store’s current location.

Marie Peedin of Pamlico Engineering Services represented Eastern Pride, Inc., the petitioner for the needed zoning changes.

Peedin said that most of the area is already zoned for business uses that allow retail stores, including parcels comprising more than half of the warehouse location’s total property.

The petition as outlined on Monday was for a half-acre lot out of a total of 1.6 acres of warehouse property that will become the new Family Dollar location.

“At this point in time, that is all they are requesting,” she said. “The retail use is not allowed in the industrial-2 zone, therefore we are making the request.”

In recent days, petitioners and H&J Warehouse, the property owners, discovered several more lots will need the new business zone designation in the future if the project is to expand to either 2.7 or 3 total acres in size.

Peedin said project leaders with Family Dollar are hopeful for a 3-acre total size for the new store.

She added she believes the current Family Dollar location, as a typical shopping center version of the chain, is about 6,000-square feet.

“This will be an expansion,” she said. “It will be a 10,000-square foot store. With this portion rezoned, we can move ahead with this project. They are going to tear down the entire warehouse.”

Planning board members voted unanimously in favor of recommending the request to the city council.

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