By Clint Confehr
Senior Staff Writer
PETERSBURG - A Dollar General store may be open this year in this town on the border between Marshall and Lincoln counties.
"If all goes according to plan," Mayor James Owen told the Lions Club this month, "the store could be open for business by the end of this year."
"The Dollar General project is progressing," Owen said.
Indeed, construction continued Saturday afternoon during the Lions Club's 7th Annual Bluegrass and Chicken Festival in the Lions Pride Park next to the store.
"I think we're supposed to turn it over to Dollar General on Nov. 15," Parrish Interiors' Andy Parrish said while placing another two-by-four made of aluminum sheeting.
So, the opening may depend on how quickly the store can be stocked.
Parrish has built other stores for the retailer.
"This makes 50-something," he said. "About 40 have been in Tennessee in the last three years."
At the Lions Club's Bluegrass and Chicken Festival, Petersburg residents enjoyed the event where several people spoke in favor of the store's development, including Doreen Mansell.
"We're new here and I want the town to grow," Mansell said. "We've always been living in Marshall County, but never in Petersburg.
"I'm real excited about the Dollar General store," she said. "Since we're so far away from everything, it will help us on gas."
Across Fayetteville Highway from Lions Pride Park is Petersburg Grocery and General Merchandise, owned and operated by Rick Patel.
"I've been here 10 years," Patel replied when asked for his views on a store opening across the street, "nothing changed.
"It will be here," he continued. "I'll be a good neighbor.
"They've been talking about it for three years," Patel said.
That point's not lost on the Lions as the club's newsletter reported, "There were several reasons for the protracted delay, notably opposition from the owner of one of the adjoining properties. One of the final hurdles was cleared at the end of July, and the developer, Turner & Associates, purchased the property from Donna Salyers," proprietor of a salon on the property.