- Last Updated on 08:01 AM 03/27/13
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Family Dollar is coming to Virgilina, and it’s not going to be long now.
Virgilina Mayor Ralph Murray said council approved the store locating at the southeast corner of Florence Avenue and Seventh Street “a long time ago,” and now “all we’re doing is waiting.”
But that wait will be over soon, according to County Planning Director Robbie Love who said construction was scheduled to start last week, but weather prevented the groundbreaking.
“They should start construction as soon as weather permits,” Love said Tuesday. “They may be waiting for it to dry out a couple of days, but we’ve issued all the construction permits, and they can start to work immediately.”
At a recent Virgilina Town Council meeting, Murray said council approved 26 parking spaces for the 8,000 square foot building that will contain 4,300 square feet of retail floor space.
Owner and developer Commercial Properties of Raleigh, N.C. has filed for and secured an erosion and sediment control plan, and bond has been set,
according to Love.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved entrance permits, and architects and engineers from Emporia have developed site plans for the new Family Dollar store. A set of drawings is currently located at Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, Murray said.
“They’re coming. It’s not doubt,” Love said anticipating construction on the new building should be complete within four months.
“I know the town is happy. This will pull a lot of business out of North Carolina too,” the county planning director added.
“We’re really excited about this,” Love said, noting the county’s comprehensive plan indicates Virgilina is a good area for future commercial development.
With the coming addition of the Family Dollar store and the future opening of a distillery in the town limits, Love said, “It’s happening. This will be very good for the community.”