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Dollar General store planned along Norway Avenue; to open in summer

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The former site of the Beverly Hills Post Office branch and Berryhill Garden and Crafts is being demolished to make way for a new Dollar General store.

Local developer Shane Radcliff, who had owned the property at 318 Norway Ave. for about a year and a half, confirmed that he sold it last week to another development company contracted out by the chain retail store.

Tab Patton, owner of Patton Development WV LLC, of Greer, S.C., said Thursday that his company is demolishing the old postal building and constructing a new building for Dollar General.

Patton said he expected the project to be complete with the store ready to open by late summer.

Huntington City Councilman Scott Caserta, who represents District 7 where the project is taking place, said he's glad to see the property returning to use.

"It's going to be a productive thing that will provide a few jobs for the city," he said. "I've heard a lot of praise for it from my constituents. There was a lot of fear that it was just going to sit there and just become more dilapidated and even more of an eyesore."

The Beverly Hills Post Office opened at the Norway Avenue location in 1968, but moved to its current location at 323 Olive St. more than two decades ago. Berryhill Garden and Crafts then occupied the Norway Avenue structure until closing a few years ago.

Radcliff, who has renovated the first floor of the Renaissance Building on 4th Avenue, is working to convert the upper floors into lofts and is starting renovation on the M.D. Angel Building, had originally planned a townhouse development for the Norway Avenue property.

He said, in the end, the property didn't fit his vision for the development.

"There were infrastructure issues," he said. "With what I was doing, it would have been too many units for that location."

Dollar General is not a dollar store like Family Dollar or Dollar Tree, but rather offers mostly home goods, including groceries, cleaning supplies, toys and apparel, at discounted prices.

The chain, based out of Goodlettsville, Tenn., has more than 11,000 stores in 40 states.

Dollar General already has two locations in Huntington, one on 14th Street West and another on U.S. 60. The chain also has locations in Barboursville, Kenova and Lavalette.

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