Store with ‘Dollar General’ signs coming to Bernardston

  • Developers who own 115 Northfield Road have not announced what store they are building, but recently applied to build two “Dollar General” signs on the property. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • This green building across from Kringle Candle Company in Bernardston may become a brew pub. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Kringle Candle Company in Bernardston. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/15/2019 6:28:08 PM

BERNARDSTON — A Dollar General is apparently in the cards for 115 Northfield Road.

An application to the Zoning Board of Appeals from one Bernardston Dollar General Series, LLC for two “Dollar General” signs at 115 Northfield Road – a wall sign and a free-standing pylon sign – will be the subject of one of two public hearings on Thursday at Town Hall. The Dollar General is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and is preceded at 7 by an application for a brewery and taproom at the Kringle Candle compound.

This is the first time that the developer’s plan to build a Dollar General at 115 Northfield Road has been clearly indicated as a matter of public record.

However, many have suspected it since December, when the Planning Board approved a plan for a 9,300-square-foot building with a 30-car parking lot. The applicant, Lisciotti Development, had submitted a similar-looking proposal in Deerfield, which was plainly a Dollar General.

The Bernardston Planning Board did not require the name of the store in the initial application, and Lisciotti was not forthcoming.

Even so, in private conversations, parties involved in the project have openly referred to it as a Dollar General. “Everybody – and I mean everybody – who is a contractor and such refers to it as a Dollar General,” Town Coordinator Lou Bordeaux said.

Bordeaux guessed that the developers were hesitant to publicize the name after seeing the public backlash against its Deerfield proposal. Fifty people in Deerfield showed up to the Planning Board’s final meeting on the proposal, and the crowd applauded when the board voted to reject it.

Lisciotti Development has not responded to phone calls.

Brewery at Kringle Candle

There is less information available on the plan from Kringle Candle. According to the agenda for the meeting, the plan for is for a brewery and taproom at 203 South St. which is the big green building next to Kringle’s Farm Table restaurant and Country Barn.

The company did not return phone calls asking about the plans for the green building.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ex 261.




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