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June 19, 2014

Farmington Family Dollar store is on track again

Mayor: ‘It is just a perfect fit here’

FAIRMONT — The Town of Farmington has received good news about the Family Dollar store that has been in the works for quite some time.

Following Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Donna Costello got an email from David Wilson of Core Resources Inc., which is the developer for Family Dollar, saying that the effort to bring a store to Farmington was on track once again.

“It is just a perfect fit here,” Costello said of Dollar General. “There is a lot of traffic through here for such a small town. It’s a heavily traveled area.”

During the council meeting, Costello expressed her concern about the status of the project because of problems that had come up related to the costs, which had increased due to floodplain issues, and the delay in the company closing on the property. But the company told her earlier this week that a budget increase had been authorized, and it would take care of the remaining costs.

“I’m very excited that this is going to be moving forward now at this point,” she said. “It’s been a long road.”

Costello is currently in her third, two-year term as mayor, and getting a Family Dollar to open in Farmington has been at the top of her to-do list since she was first elected.

Over the years, she contacted countless individuals about this idea and struggled to reach the right person who could bring a Family Dollar to life in “the heart of Marion County.”

Then one day, she finally got a phone call from a professional who had looked at different sites in Farmington and wanted to build a Family Dollar there. From that point, everything started falling into place.

The town had to deal with some difficulties in getting the right-of-way settled with CSX, owner of the property adjacent to the future site of Family Dollar, so trucks can make store deliveries. But once Costello was able to reach the appropriate person, CSX proceeded with the process very quickly, she said.

Rights-of-way also had to be taken care of with utility companies in the area.

Costello has been told that the developer is supposed to close on the property in about two weeks, and once that step is finalized, the construction should take around nine months. While she doesn’t foresee any other problems arising with the project, she never likes to assume anything.

“I’m still not going to breathe until the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed and the signatures are on the line,” Costello said.

Farmington really needs a new business like Family Dollar, and this project means a lot to the community, she said.

Right now, if a resident wants to buy something as simple as a birthday card, they have to drive north to Mannington or south to Fairmont. But the presence of Family Dollar in Farmington would help meet those needs nearby, and would be within walking distance for some people.

“This is something that I can mark off my list now,” Costello said. “People are so anticipating this. We can’t wait.”

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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