Heavy machinery was razing an old Shell gas station to later raise a bargain chain store in Miramar Beach.

“That’s a redevelopment project,” said Walton County’s Interim Planning Manager Matt Carpenter. He said the former service station will be replaced by “a freestanding retail store.”

A Dollar General will replace the now-empty Shell Station at 10247 U.S. Highway 98 W. at the head of Sandtrap Road.

The store will not be a competing franchise with the existing Dollar General next to Winn Dixie. Rather, the existing store across from Silver Sands will relocate the less-than-half mile to the new site.

The Shell station, according to Carpenter, closed its doors and turned off the pumps this past spring, before a Georgia-based LLC acquired the deed for the 1.112-acre parcel at $1 million.

“I want to say it closed sometime either earlier this year, or late last year,” said Carpenter. “It closed coinciding with the acquisition of that parcel.”

Demolition is under way, and construction of the 9,000-square-foot project will follow shortly. For the actual opening of the store, however, Carpenter could not offer a solid date.

“It’ll open as soon as they get it finished,” said Carpenter, who gave a ballpark figure of three to four months.