Moreland City Council has voted against a proposed Dollar General store.
When a proposal for the discount variety store – which would have been located on Hwy. 29 – was submitted to the council eight or nine months ago, according to Mayor Dick Ford, council members were supportive at first. But Ford said many citizens expressed their opposition to bringing the discount variety store to town, prompting council members to reverse themselves and vote no at their Jan. 4 meeting.
“We went through the process," Ford said. "When we had the first public hearing, only three people complained. When we had our second hearing, there was too much opposition from the town’s people. There were concerns from Nifty Food Store because the store would have been their competition."
Ford said a Dollar General would have been good for Moreland.
“It would have really dressed up that part of town,” said Ford. “Elderly people really wanted it because it would have been a lot cheaper for them to run and get a loaf of bread. There would have been more options. It also would have brought in more tax dollars for the city.”
Dollar General has more than 12,000 stores in 43 states.