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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/16/2014 04:45 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/16/2014 04:58 PM
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Arnold Dollar General Store Development Update ~ By Andy Johnson

Arnold, CA ... More than 100 people filled "The Hub" and spilled out onto the deck to hear a presentation from Dan Cross Development, the company hired by Dollar General Store to site, plan and build a 9100 square foot building in Arnold, CA. The building site, a thickly forested, commercially zoned lot is on the south side of highway 4 east of the intersection with Lilac Drive. The developer said that the site is currently under contract to purchase. He also said that CalTrans ingress and egress traffic issues had been resolved. Revamped architectural elevations and site plan were presented. The plans are a departure from the recognizable standard Dollar General Stores. The developer said, "The goals is to be recognizable as a Dollar General Store, to be affordable to develop and to be acceptable to the residents. We included elements of the new Arnold Fire Station in the current reiteration."





Questions and comments from the people at the meeting included economic impact on existing local business, how many jobs would be created, traffic issues and light pollution. When asked if local contractors would be employed the developer said that they have general contractors they work with regularly who in turn hire sub-contractors on a "best value" basis. An hour before the 4 pm meeting the developer had met with the residents of the Lilac Drive neighborhood to address their individual concerns.

Dollar General Corporation is a U.S. chain of variety stores headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. As of January 2012, Dollar General operated over 10,000 stores in 40 U.S. states. Dollar General offers both name brand and generic merchandise including off-brand goods and closeouts of name-brand items Although it has the word "dollar" in the name, Dollar General is not a dollar store. Most of its products are priced at more than $1.00.


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Where there's one there's two
Posted on: 2014-04-16 17:48:26   By: Anonymous
 
If you look around areas which have a Dollar General there is usually a Family Dollar just down the street.

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    Re: Where there's one there's two
    Posted on: 2014-04-16 18:15:02   By: Anonymous
     
    We need some sort of growth. This town is dying.

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      Re: Where there's one there's two
      Posted on: 2014-04-16 20:39:29   By: Anonymous
       
      how do you call this growth? It's the opposite: it's death.

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    Re: Where there's one there's two
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 13:54:15   By: Anonymous
     
    One is good, two are great... Arnold needs businesses, but more importantly Arnold needs their businesses supported by the community.

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      Re: Where there's one there's two
      Posted on: 2014-04-17 15:17:30   By: Anonymous
       
      when we were in Arizona they had this store and a competitor every 4 blocks.Out of curiosity I went in and it was all junk.Most of it imported from China. I shop local to support the stores in Arnold.I won't shop there for their toxic stuff though. Food for thought.
      And,if we have differing opinions let's not stoop to name calling etc. o.k? l.b.

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    Where were the chronic whiners?
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 17:43:43   By: Anonymous
     
    Where were all you chronic whiners when they got approval to open Arnold's marijuana store?? None in Sonora, none in Amador County, but we have one.
    It's also interesting to see people that have a marijuana card that have purchased firearms & then lied on the DOJ forms stating that they have not used marijuana. They have committed a Federal Felony by falsifying a Federal form. They all have a big surprise coming.

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      Re: Where were the chronic whiners?
      Posted on: 2014-04-18 10:11:03   By: Anonymous
       
      a marijuana store is no different than a liquor store

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        Re: Where were the chronic whiners?
        Posted on: 2014-04-18 15:45:49   By: Anonymous
         
        It's "Cannabis", thank You very much.

        Mexico's a few 100 miles south.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-17 08:10:13   By: Anonymous
 
Won't be long before they go breast up !!!!

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    Re: dollar
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 08:26:21   By: Anonymous
     
    where do the supe candidates stand on this issue?

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Picture worth...
Posted on: 2014-04-17 08:43:32   By: Anonymous
 
A thousand words... Notice the physical posturing of some of the attendees in Arnold, arms crossed in front, legs crossed, slight scowl, body language of closed....well, you get the drift. Hope this changed during the meeting...

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Time for a little change
Posted on: 2014-04-17 08:55:43   By: Anonymous
 
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you always got. This is a positive development in an appropriate area. (Remember where Big Trees Market was located 20 years ago?)

The town and county are truly drying up. You can't always rely on the part-time residents to bring the money from the Bay Area. Arnold and the County need to take care of their own. A little competition is healthy too. Good luck Big Trees Market.

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    Re: Time for a little change
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 12:01:39   By: Anonymous
     
    Arnold is lucky that any business wants to build here.

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    Re: Time for a little change
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 20:24:45   By: Anonymous
     
    look at the old site of BTM, Applewood Center.AlCal,realty office, barber and t.v. repair store is all that's left.Rest is empty.Look at the new empty pizza place.look at the old site of shops to the dentist office...all empty. Why don't they tear down the old gym etc. and build there?Look at Cedar Center,half full. :) still so may empty stores,shops and homes on both sides of the highway.why does this store have to be so big? look at the size of the parking lot. It is the wrong size for that end of town..imho. best of luck to those who are investing. I'm in the middle on this issue.growth is good but why wreck more of the beauty that lines our highway.
    Remember the scenic highway that so many worked on? not so scenic now with all those empty storefronts and homes. Take out the trees that brought so many here to add another retailer? hmmmm...

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      Re: Time for a little change
      Posted on: 2014-04-17 22:28:16   By: Anonymous
       
      look at all the empty store fronts in Meadowmomt Center.

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      Re: Time for a little change
      Posted on: 2014-04-19 15:00:01   By: Anonymous
       
      Our family agrees, rather than clear the multiple lots, use the existing vacant commercial space. There are multiple options and repurposing them makes better economic, environmental and aesthetic sense.

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      Re: Time for a little change
      Posted on: 2014-04-19 15:01:04   By: Anonymous
       
      Our family agrees, rather than clear the multiple lots, use the existing vacant commercial space. There are multiple options and repurposing them makes better economic, environmental and aesthetic sense.

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Re: Where there's one there's two
Posted on: 2014-04-17 08:59:18   By: Anonymous
 
Put the dollar general store next to the chapel in the pines .

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    It's his fault!
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 17:07:49   By: Anonymous
     
    This is all George Bush's fault....

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-17 10:45:20   By: Anonymous
 
Dollar General Store in armpit Arnold really !

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-04-22 10:53:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Dollar General and Arnold deserve each other.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-17 10:50:38   By: Anonymous
 
That will be another empty building in Arnold in no time .....

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Hippies only have a dollar.
Posted on: 2014-04-17 12:21:56   By: Anonymous
 
As long as they sell birkenstocks, frisbees, tie dye shirts and dreadlocks wash, ill be there! yay granola eaters.

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    Re: Hippies only have a dollar.
    Posted on: 2014-04-18 15:50:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Birkenstocks cost 140 dollars.


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Arnold economics 101...
Posted on: 2014-04-17 13:45:19   By: Anonymous
 
A few reasons: 1) the demographics are more towards retirees (not a bad thing) just fixed incomes needing to watch their expeditures, 2) not enough law enforcement and/or presence, 3) transportation improvements (easy to leave the hill to buy needs), 4) poor support of local businesses. It all comes down to support of local businesses. The ability to go to Sonora or elsewhere to buy household needs cheaper and easily take business away from Arnold. This drives away business and hurts the tax base and ability to hire more sheriff deputies. It is the circle of small community economics. For those our there who shop at Walmart to save a buck, you hurt Arnold and your community. I have no idea why Dollar wants in, but it will help the community (as long as it is supported by the community)

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    Re: Arnold economics 101...
    Posted on: 2014-04-17 13:51:16   By: Anonymous
     
    This is at the core of why Arnold is dying

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      Re: Arnold economics 101...
      Posted on: 2014-04-17 16:33:23   By: Anonymous
       
      I don't understand why it has to be an issue.
      We have all the crafty stores, that support local artists, that have wooden bears, and wine racks made out of pallets and such.
      Why cant we have a store that might save some of us some money. I for one own a contraction business, and have a family so for us, its tough to only afford some of the other stores if I need something small.
      Sad to say we HAVE to shop at Walmart as the SAME products for babies are sold in our local grocery store for three times the cost!
      I spend a lot of my money locally, but I really don't see why we cant have both.
      A store deciding to come here and build is a positive thing.
      The reasons why so many teenagers get into drugs and trouble is there is only a few places to work up here.
      Id rather my kids work for a company that pays a fair wage rather than some knife store with a guy who makes sexual advances at people, while paying less than ten and hour.

      This town is drying up, this county is on its way to the grave. Mostly because people like the current supervisor refuses to let anything grow.

      If it is all Chinese goods then they wont sell, and it will make the local hand made stuff look even better.

      It seems this town is made up of old hippy crits, and young criminals. Neither of which really shop here anyway.
      So let the rest of us see if this place is worth a damn.

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        Re: Arnold economics 101...
        Posted on: 2014-04-17 16:44:13   By: Anonymous
         
        We got a new jail

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          Re: Arnold economics 101...
          Posted on: 2014-04-17 18:00:18   By: Anonymous
           
          We need a jail not a dollar store!

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        Re: Arnold economics 101...
        Posted on: 2014-04-17 22:32:10   By: Anonymous
         
        how ay teens will they hire? 6? 20?

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        Re: Arnold economics 101...
        Posted on: 2014-04-18 07:09:29   By: Anonymous
         
        Truth. We tried to buy diapers locally for a bit, it was so expensive.
        Families up here cant use wine racks and wooden bears to feed and cloth their kids!

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        Re: Arnold economics 101...
        Posted on: 2014-04-18 10:16:43   By: Anonymous
         
        there are no local, handmade diapers for sale in Arnold. c'mon.

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    Re: Arnold economics 101...
    Posted on: 2014-04-18 08:39:18   By: Anonymous
     
    If you believe the prices are too high at Arnold area stores compared to like / similar products at Walmart, talk to the merchants. It is in their best interest to sell to you versus loosing a sale to Walmart. Maybe they can get close. Don't complain about pricing by driving to Sonora -- do it directly to the merchant.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-17 19:10:52   By: Anonymous
 
I like the Dollar General, but it's just way too fancy and overpriced for my tastes. You have to get all dressed up to go into there, not as much as Walmart, but still.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-04-18 07:17:27   By: Anonymous
     
    I don't know where I land when it comes to this store yet, but I do know, Ive worked at Lowes, and Ive shopped at Walmart, and I see Arnold people there every day I was there.
    This county looses a lot of money to Walmart, and I think it would be good to have a store that keeps a little of that money here.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-18 07:28:13   By: Anonymous
 
Will Dollar General honor my EBT card .

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-04-18 11:27:46   By: Anonymous
     
    They do sell Skivvies for Christ sake. I am sure all you idiots need new skivvies with all the skid marks you create.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2014-04-18 12:23:50   By: Anonymous
       
      All these years and I thought it was rust !

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