It looks like Jefferson County may get another Dollar General store sometime in 2021.
The Jefferson County Council voted 6-0 Oct. 26 to give preliminary approval of a rezoning request that would allow the store to be built at Hwy. Y and Hwy. C in the Ware area, just east of the Grandview R-2 School District campus.
County Councilman Dan Stallman (District 6, De Soto) did not participate in the meeting, which was conducted via Zoom video conference call.
A final vote on the rezoning was scheduled for Monday, after Leader deadline.
The Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission, which advises the council on rezoning issues in unincorporated areas, recommended approval of the request to rezone a 3.09-acre lot from large-lot residential to non-planned community commercial by a 7-0 vote after a public hearing on Oct. 8.
No one spoke against the rezoning request.
No preliminary plat was submitted with the request, so council members were voting only on whether the rezoning is proper.
The site is vacant and apparently has never been developed.
County planner Josh Jump said if the council approves the rezoning request, the petitioner, Hubbard Enterprises of Bonne Terre, would likely submit a preliminary plat for the development that would include the size and approximate location of the building, how many parking spaces it would have, and where driveways would be located.
“I would think we’ll see them want to open it sometime next year,” he said.
If the rezoning is approved and the store chain proceeds with its plans, it would be something of a departure from its typical business plan, at least locally, where stores are developed along major transportation corridors.
In Jefferson County, Dollar General stores are located near or on Hwy. 61-67 in Arnold, Imperial, Barnhart, Pevely and Crystal City, as well as two on Hwy. 67 south of Festus and one along Hwy. 61 north of Jefferson High School south of Festus.
Along Hwy. 21, stores are in the Otto area and in Hillsboro and De Soto and not far from the Washington County line in Cadet.
Along Hwy. 30, the chain has locations in House Springs and Cedar Hill and another close to the Franklin County line in Richwoods. The P and Z board approved a variance in July that will allow another store to be built at Hwy. 30 and Dittmer Catawissa Road.
Scott Hubbard of Hubbard Enterprises could not be reached for comment.
In the past, developers of Dollar General stores have said the stores generally are about 9,000 square feet and typically employ 10 to 12 people.