• ‘Something changed’ with Dollar General

  • St. James to remain a one-grocery store city for now
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  • For the time being, the proposed Dollar General expansion in St. James is at best on hold.
    The contract for the 4.4-acre Hicks property, located between the current Dollar General and Ray's Tire on North Jefferson Street, is no longer in the company's crosshairs.
    “Something changed. I don't know what," said Mike Woessner of Investment Realty. “At this time, they're not going to use that tract of land.”
    Mike Manley of Century 21 in Rolla, who was also involved with the Dollar General land acquisition, confirmed last week that the deal fell through late last year.
    City officials reported in late 2013 that Kimbrough Design Studio of Battlefield, Mo., requested a building permit for the Hicks property. The permit request to build a facility "a little over 20,000 square feet" was official, as it had not been purchased, according to St. James City Administrator Jeff Davis.
    As for Dollar General's plans for a St. James location, no official report has been released.
    Calls made to Dollar General corporate communications have not been returned.
    In a Dec. 6, 2011 report from Supermarket News, Dollar General Corp. announced it was building 40 new Dollar General Markets in 2012.
    According to members of the St. James City Council, the prospective facility is believed to be a Dollar General Market.
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