One retail chain is one step closer to bringing a store to Lincolnton, while another may be taking a step back.
Following the Lincolnton Planning Board’s meeting Tuesday afternoon, Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter gave an update on the status of Ingles, after rumors have been circulating that the Asheville-based grocery chain may no longer be going through with plans to construct a store in Boger City.
Construction was originally expected to be under way in March or April.
Carpenter said he had heard that Ingles was planning to build a distribution center elsewhere and had put a hold on plans for any new stores until that project was completed, but he noted that he didn’t have any knowledge as to when that would be.
Planning Director Laura Simmons told the Times-News last week that she was made aware that there may be a delay but had not yet spoken to anyone directly with the company to confirm it. Should Ingles decide to not proceed with constructing the store, Simmons said, it would be up to the company to sell its property in Boger City.
Ingles obtained a building permit on Jan. 9 that is good for six months before it expires, though Carpenter added that it would be an easy process for the company to reapply for the permit, if needed.
As the Times-News previously reported, the grocery chain’s plans for the site of the former textile mill were initially stalled due to ongoing negotiations regarding a right of way with CSX Railroad, whose track is located just south of the property.
Representatives from Ingles did not immediately respond to calls from the Times-News in relation to this article.
A proposed 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store could soon be coming to the south side of East Main Street, roughly 100 feet east of the intersection with Lancrest Lane.
At Tuesday’s Lincolnton Board of Adjustment meeting, a request from Carolina Retail Development for a variance of the Unified Development Ordinance was granted that would allow a Dollar General store be developed with 10 less parking spaces than required.
The Board of Adjustment’s decision, which is final and does not go to the City Council as a recommendation, approved only the ordinance variance regarding parking. The project is still in the early stages of development.
Lincolnton is currently home to two other Dollar Generals, one on Center Drive and another on Gastonia Highway.