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Greenfield gets third ‘dollar’ store

Eric Twarog, the town’s director of planning and development, said Sander Greenfield plans to lease the front half of the one-story building at 369 Federal St., to Dollar General and hopes eventually to find a tenant to lease the remaining 2,500 square feet. The company will also improve parking on the property, according to its plans.

Dollar General will be the third “dollar store” in Greenfield.

Dollar Tree, which is located next to Staples on the Mohawk Trail, has an 11,451-square-foot store there, and Family Dollar, which is located in its own building next to Big Y Supermarket on the Mohawk Trail, has an 8,600-square-foot store.

Contrary to its name, Dollar General does not sell all items for $1. Instead it claims to have the lowest possible prices, according to its web site. It appears many items are $10 or under.

Dollar General refers to itself as the “largest small box retailer” in the nation and claims to sell the “most popular brands” in convenient locations.

The company has 10,000 stores in 40 states and reports $14.8 billion in sales each year. It says its stores are no bigger than 7,200 square feet.

The Lorenz family sold the former Don Lorenz Inc. auto dealership property to Sander Greenfield earlier this year.

David Lorenz, whose father and brother ran the auto dealership for decades, said the two investors from the eastern part of the state are renovating the building. According to county land transfer records, the property sold for $780,000.

After 57 years in business, Don Lorenz Inc. closed Aug. 29, 2011.

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