Yachats: Community meeting Monday, Dec. 5, 11-1, on Dollar General – new store to replace the old 76 station
A nationwide chain featuring low cost versions of everyday shopping items, including food, has its eye on building one of their stores where the old 76 gas station is about to be torn down at the north end of Yachats.
It’s called Dollar General stores. Opinions about the mega-retailer vary wildly from town to town. And there are a lot of opinions since there 12,480 stores strung out over 43 states, coast to coast.
Typically the up-side is that in the current era of stagnant wages and marginal economic growth for the middle class on down, Dollar General gives the shopper more for their dollar with cheaper versions of just about everything, including groceries. But it’s also common, as apparently as it’s becoming common in Yachats, that many communities see Dollar General as a major nationwide chain that will come in and drive other local businesses out of business. It’s a pattern of course that’s been going on for decades as the big chains come in with lower prices, but also wider varieties of products and services. But again, from what we’re hearing about Dollar General’s plan for Yachats, which we hear also for Waldport and possibly Newport, some residents are unhappy about the chain moving into Yachats.
In a slew of newspaper articles nationwide, this criticism is nothing new to General Dollar owners and operators. But they counter-argue that they help local low-to-moderate income families stretch their family budgets farther which is a good thing because wages still have not come back from their pre-recession levels. And certainly today’s wages aren’t much better than they were in the mid-90s according to just about any economic study you pick up.
Some residents are also unhappy with Dollar General’s big yellow signs – they don’t like them. Dollar General has, in other areas, softened the impact of their bright yellow signs by reducing their size when it shares building exterior space with another larger MARKET sign with a more pleasant green color tone.
There are also issues of unloading in the middle of the night or glaring lights from parking lot lighting or traffic tie ups on 101 because of no middle turn lane.
All this and more will likely be on the table when a representative of Dollar General meets with Yachats residents Monday, from 11-1 at the Yachats Commons building off 4th and 101. Everyone is invited to participate in the discussions.