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Dollar General store coming to Greenfield

GREENFIELD — It looks like a Dollar General retail store will be on Federal Street before the end of the year.

A representative of Sander Greenfield LLC, the company that owns the former Don Lorenz property at 369 Federal St., is expected to go before the Planning Board on Thursday with plans for redevelopment of the 5,000-square-foot building and property.

Eric Twarog, the town’s director of planning and development, said Sander Greenfield plans to lease the front half of the one-story building to Dollar General and hopes eventually to find a tenant to lease the remaining 2,500 square feet. The company will also improve parking on the property, according to its plans.

Dollar General will be the third “dollar store” in Greenfield.

Dollar Tree, which is located next to Staples on the Mohawk Trail, has an 11,451 square-foot store there, and Family Dollar, which is located in its own building next to Big Y Supermarket on the Mohawk Trail, has an 8,600-square-foot store.

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 web site. It appears many items are $10 or under.

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 $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 the two investors from the eastern part of the state are currently renovating the building.

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

Sander Greenfield could not be reached for comment.

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, which had been run by Lorenz’s former wife Beth on Federal Street just north of Don Lorenz, was sold to Lundgren Honda of Auburn.

So 3 dollar stores for greenfield but still no Dept store for the taxpayers? As a town there were 2 dept stores, as a city, nothing

It sure would be nice to have a department store again in town....with gas prices it's hard to keep running to Hadley or New Hampshire to shop just for a birthday gift!! These dollar stores just don't have what one needs most of the time. We need a department store real bad here in Greenfield!!!

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