Historic Preservationists Beware: Dollar General Targets New Hampshire

Dollar General Pole Sign, Schroon Lake NY

Dollar General

For those who follow our “Demolition Alert” series, you know that Dollar General and Family Dollar have been on a demolition spree, especially in New Hampshire. Now we know why. According to a recent article in the New Hampshire Business Review, Dollar General has targeted New Hampshire for store expansions:

Dollar General, the nation’s largest chain of “small-box” stores that has faced some resistance in expanding to communities in New Hampshire, is planning to beef up its New Hampshire presence in 2012.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based company said it plans to open 625 new stores in 2012, about 80 of which will open in four new markets — New Hampshire, California, Nevada and Connecticut.

The company did not say how many of those 80 stores it is planning for the Granite State, nor did it specify where the new stores would be located. A company spokesperson did not return calls by deadline.

Dollar General operates nearly 10,000 stores in 38 states, including one location in New Hampshire, on East Hollis Street in Nashua.

The company tends to move its stores into communities of fewer than 20,000 people, filling the gap in places that are “overlooked by larger retailers,” it said.

In those communities, the company said, it likes “to build our stores close to neighborhoods, so no one has to drive far to find us.”

Unfortunately, they not only like to build their stores close to neighborhoods but, to be more precise, they like to build their stores on top of neighborhoods. Consider two recent examples of Dollar General expansion:

In both cases, Dollar General wants to tear down an historic home in order to put in one of their so-called “small-box” stores. Fortunately, the plan in Marlborough was shot down, but the house in Winchester is still in jeopardy as far as we know.

So please keep an eye out for any news relating to new Dollar General stores (we will be!). Without a fight, this means that New Hampshire stands to lose more of its architectural history 🙁 

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