Dollar General open

Dollar General store is now open on Federal Street in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

Dollar General store is now open on Federal Street in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

GREENFIELD — Dollar General retail store is open for business in the former Don Lorenz property on Federal Street.

According to town records, Dollar General is occupying 2,500 square feet of the 5,000-square-foot building that was purchased by Sander Greenfield LLC earlier this year.

Last spring, when Sander went before the town’s Planning Board, its owners said they would be looking for another tenant to occupy the other 2,500 square feet, but they don’t appear to have found a second tenant yet.

Dollar General is the third “dollar store” to locate in Greenfield.

Dollar Tree is located next to Staples on the Mohawk Trail and Family Dollar is located in its own building next to Big Y Supermarket on the Mohawk Trail.

Contrary to its name, Dollar General does not sell all items for $1. Instead, it claims to have the lowest possible prices, according to its website. It appears many items are $10 or under.

A spokeswoman for Dollar General could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Dollar General refers to itself as the “largest small box retailer” in the nation and claims to sell the “most popular brands” in convenient locations.

The company has 10,000 stores in 40 states and realizes about $14.8 billion in sales each year. It says its stores are no bigger than 7,200 square feet.

The Lorenz family sold the former Don Lorenz Inc. auto dealership property to Sander Greenfield earlier this year.

David Lorenz, whose father and brother ran the auto dealership for decades, said two investors from the eastern part of the state renovated the building.

According to county land transfer records, the property sold for $780,000.

After 57 years in business, Don Lorenz Inc. closed its doors for good on Aug. 29, 2011. Owner Steven Lorenz, who took over for his father in 1993, said at the time of the closing that the decision was made for personal reasons.

In December 2010, the then 14-year-old family-owned Lorenz Honda dealership just north of Don Lorenz on Federal Street, which had been run by Lorenz’s former wife, Beth, was sold to Lundgren Honda of Auburn.

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