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WHAT’S GOING ON? Venture Properties VII Applies for Building Permit for Dollar General in Vilas

Dollar General
Excavating recently started next to the Quality Plus in Vilas. Photo by Jesse Wood

By Jesse Wood

Photo by Jesse Wood

April 23, 2013. Venture Properties VII of out of North Wilkesboro applied for a building permit on March 19 to construct a Dollar General beside the Quality Plus gas station on U.S. 421 in Vilas, according to documents filed at the Watauga County Planning & Inspections department.

The size of the one-story building proposed is 9,100 square feet and 18-feet high. The proposed contractor is WIMCO Corporation out of Washington, N.C., and the cost of construction is estimated to be $410,000.

The building permit has not been issued as of April 23, yet grading of 1.5 acres of property recently began. Grading costs are estimated to be $100,000, and Eggers Construction out of Banner Elk is the grading contractor, according to the grading application filed with WCP&I. 

Representatives of Dollar General and Venture Properties VII were not reached as of press time.

Currently, there is a Dollar General in Boone and another in Banner Elk. 

According to Dollar General’s website, this is what the company looks for in a potential new location: 

Site Criteria

  • Located along retail corridor with good traffic
  • High visibility
  • Full ingress and egress
  • Shopping center and freestanding opportunities considered

Market Demographics

  • Median household income – Less than $75,000
  • Trade area population – At least 4,500

Build to Suit Program

  • 9,100 sf building
  • 70′ x 135′ prototype design
  • Customer friendly parking (minimum 30)
  • Building and pylon signage
  • Accessible truck delivery (53′ trailer)