Carthage's Dollar General store will move to a new location. The site is at the intersection of Highway 136 and 1st Street. It's zoned P-1.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said, ”P-1's a very flexible zoning. But it wasn't covered under retail so they had to amend the P-1 to include retail.”
The city council chose to amend the zoning ordinance rather than re-zone the property. The change will give the council greater flexibility in the future.
The new site currently belongs to Prairieland Investment Group. The property is part of the former Robert Morris College campus.
Nightingale expects construction to begin in about a month. He said the new store would be about 25% larger than the current store.