Ridgeway approves new Dollar General at 104 and 63

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – David Pawlik, left, is the developer for a new Dollar General on Route 104 in Ridgeway, while Lowell Dewey of C & S Engineers is the engineer for the project. They discussed the site plan for the 9,100-square-foot building during a public hearing tonight at the Ridgeway Town Hall.

RIDGEWAY – The Town Planning Board cast unanimous support tonight for a new 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store at the corner of routes 63 and 104.

The store will be at the northeast corner heading towards Lyndonville. The new store will be owned by Development Unlimited of WNY LLC of Buffalo. It will demolish a house and silo at the corner.

The driveway will be about 200 feet north of 104 on Route 63. The store will have 30 parking spaces, although on average only four or five customers will be parked at the store. Their average shopping time in the store is 12 minutes, said David Pawlik, developer of the project.

He has helped develop 12 other Dollar General stores in Western New York, including a new one in Oakfield.

The building will be split block with a 10-foot-band around the building “for color contrast,” Pawlik said.

Yates Town Supervisor John Belson attended the Ridgeway Planning Board meeting tonight. The Lyndonville community wants the store, he said. It has felt a void since the closing last April of the Pennysaver Market on Main Street.

John Chaplin owns the E-Z Shop in Lyndonville. He asked Pawlik if the Dollar General would compete with existing stores.

Pawlik said that is not the intention, although he said the store will sell tobacco and beer, which is sold at the E-Z Shop.

“We want to build up the community,” Pawlik said.

He would like to start construction on the store in April. He needs to secure a permit from the Department of Transportation for the driveway. The store will likely open in late summer or fall.