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Winsted takes step toward new Dollar General store
Jan. 13, 2014

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

A Dollar General store is being considered in Winsted, and at Tuesday’s Winsted City Council meeting, land for the building was approved for annexation to the city.

“This doesn’t mean we’re approving the site plan, or approving Dollar General going there,” City Administrator Clay Wilfahrt said, explaining that annexation simply makes the land part of the city, instead of part of Winsted Township. Final annexation approval is given by the state, he added.

The 2.15-acre lot approved for annexation is located near McLeod Avenue, in the southwest corner of Sixth Street (McLeod County Road 1) and Main Avenue.

A public hearing took place before the approval, and two homeowners who live near the proposed site asked questions regarding drainage, as well as clarification on which property is being annexed.

The land is currently owned by Dollar General, which has 10,000 stores in 40 states. According to the company website, Dollar General has more retail locations than any other retailer in America. The stores carry food, apparel, household items, pet supplies, toys, office/school supplies, and beauty items, and their sales total $14.8 billion.

The site plan for the proposed store in Winsted was initially reviewed at the Dec. 9 Winsted Planning Commission meeting.

Plans include a 9,100-square-foot building (130 feet long by 70 feet wide), with 45 off-street parking spaces.

The planning commission will review the site plan again at its next meeting, Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

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