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Dollar Tree plans new store on Tanner Lane

Dollar Tree plans to build a second Clinton store near Walmart on Tanner Lane, according to documents filed with the Clinton Regional Planning Commission.

The first item on the commission’s meeting agenda for 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 9) is a request by Charles Patterson for review of the site plan for the new Dollar Tree, which would be in a new, freestanding building on Tanner Lane (Map 43, Parcel 112.06).

This is the first step in the process to obtain a building permit for the store.

Dollar Tree, based in Chesapeake, Virginia, already has a store in the Centre Plaza shopping complex at 1115 N. Charles G Seivers Blvd., near the United Grocery Outlet.

The chain operates more than 15,000 stores in the 48 contiguous United States and Canada under the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands, having acquired the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Family Dollar store chain in July 2015. The nearest Family Dollar store to Clinton is in Rocky Top.

Two other retail businesses – both food and beverage chains – are also looking at getting Planning Commission approval and building permits, city officials said.

They are the Seattle, Washington-based Starbucks coffee chain, and the curbside dining chain Sonic.

Both reportedly are looking in the same area where the new Buddy’s bar-b-q is being built in the Glen Alpine development at 2200 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd.

There already is a space in the opposite end of the four-unit building housing Buddy’s that looks to be suitable for a Starbucks, complete with room for a drive-through lane.

But apparently a separate building would be required in that project for a Sonic to accommodate both a drive-through and its curbside service under awnings for parked vehicles. Developers of the Glen Alpine project, who could not be reached for comment Monday, have said there is plenty of space in their complex for more buildings and multiple businesses.