PALMETTO -- Two Dollar General stores will be coming to the Palmetto area in 2015.
Demolition of a former Goodwill donation site in downtown Palmetto is making way for the discount store, while another store on U.S. 19 south of the Sunshine Skyway is nearing completion.
Commercial real estate firm Hanlex Development, Dollar General's preferred developer, is involved in both deals.
Hanlex purchased the 1.8-acre site at 4910 U.S. 19 in July for $175,000, while buying the former Goodwill donation center at 1001 10th St. W in downtown Palmetto for $400,000 in the same month, according to property records.
The 10th Street location, set for construction to begin in late February with a summer opening, will be about 7,300 square feet and employ six to 10 people, Dollar General spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Patterson said. The U.S. 19 store is expected to open in February and be about the same size and hire the same number of employees, she added.
The Goodlettsville, Tenn., company sells housewares, cleaning products, food and other convenience items. Shareholders attempted a hostile bid of Family Dollar after Family Dollar announced a merger with Dollar Tree earlier this year. Family Dollar shareholders delayed a vote Tuesday until Jan. 22 on being acquired by Dollar Tree, according to The Charlotte Observer.
In the end, Dollar General could end up controlling Family Dollar and Dollar Tree if approved by federal regulators.
Hanlex also helped bring Dollar General to 9315 Bayshore Road in Palmetto, which opened in September.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@ImYourChuck.