EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Dollar General is making good on its plan to expand by several hundreds of stores in the country and with it, its stake in the South Jersey market is growing as well.

The retailer, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has been growing fast in recent years. The chain announced in March 2016 it expected to open 900 new stores before the end of 2016 and about another 1,000 new locations this year to add to its existing inventory of 12,500 stores in 43 states.

Until recently, Dollar General had 10 stores within 20 miles of Pleasantville, including in Egg Harbor and Galloway townships, Ventnor and Egg Harbor City. The chain also has two stores in Upper Township, Cape May County, and another in Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County.

A grand opening on its 11th location was held Saturday, July 9, at its store on Route 9 at Noah’s Road in Pleasantville. Another store is under construction in Somers Point, on Route 9 at West New York Avenue.

Four others are in the planning or conceptualization stage in Egg Harbor Township, Absecon and Upper Township.

Two in Egg Harbor Township received conditional approval by the township Planning Board.

One parcel is along English Creek Avenue just north of the intersection with West Jersey Avenue, for which the board approved plans for a 9,300-square-foot store. The board approved the site plan for that in 2016.

The second proposed site was given conditional approval June 19 for the construction of a 9,250-square-foot store on a parcel along Robert Best Road, near the intersection with Zion Road. As part of the approval, the plan calls for a redesign of the end of Robert Best Road through which the roadway would intersect with Zion Road at a right angle and would line up with the existing exit of Walgreens Pharmacy on the opposite side of Zion Road. 

According to Laura Somerville, a corporate communications representative from Dollar General, the company has not officially decided whether to move ahead with either Egg Harbor Township location.

“At this time, we are currently in a due diligence phase for both sites located in Egg Harbor Township. This means we are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, but we have not committed to doing so just yet. Based on our current timeline, we anticipate to have a final decision on the Zion Road location within the next few weeks and a final decision on the English Creek location by late summer 2017,” she said.

The Absecon Planning Board is scheduled to hear an application July 12 from Dollar General that will allow the chain to build a store at Route 9 and California Avenue. The 9,188-square-foot building would be constructed on the site of the former Clayton Concrete Co.

In Upper Township, a 9,188-square-foot store at 1435 Route 50, just south of the Migliaccio Farms Development, is being conceptualized as well, but faced community opposition in March during an informal meeting.

Somerville said Dollar General looks for locations that make shopping convenient.

“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” she said. “The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. We know convenience is a major factor in our customers' shopping decisions, as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius or 10 minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration."

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