There is another hard-copy petition circulating with even more signatures of those wanting to block the chain discount store from their community.
Larry Brocato owns a home two blocks from the proposed location of the Dollar General Store, on
Brocato is a full-time resident and has lived there since 2009. He is president of the Historic South Inlet Beach Association that represents 200 homes.
Brocato said the signs went up on the property a couple of months ago, announcing that a Dollar General would be coming soon.
"I'm not sure we need it there," he said. "We have a Publix, Winn Dixie, and CVS, all within a mile of here. And when you look at Dollar General's architecture, it is not consistent of what you see at historic
He also objects to the traffic problems the store might create.
"There have been a lot of accidents at that intersection and it is a safety concern. There would be no way for cars that come from the east to go back east without making a U-turn," he said.
While Brocato says he has been to Dollar Generals before, he will not do his shopping there if the store is built.
"This is an important part of 98. It's part of the Scenic Corridor," he said. "A store has to be compatible and show there is a need."
He feels it is important for the developer to meet with homeowners in
Representatives of Dollar General commented to The Sun via email stating:
"Dollar General is committed to serving our neighbors by providing everyday low prices in a small, easy-to-shop, convenient format. We are offering shoppers in Inlet beach a value alternative. Our prices are on par with the supercenters and are roughly 20% better than an average grocery store and 40 percent better than an average drug store. Dollar General has a well-regarded reputation for exemplary corporate citizenship, and we intend to reinforce our long history of giving back to the communities served by our stores.
"This parcel of land where our proposed store will be located is commercially zoned. Dollar General has worked diligently to comply with local codes and building requirements in
The project is set to come before