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Murphy Oil express mart gets city Planning Board green light

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

Murphy Oil Corporation is one step closer to bringing a new express mart to Lincolnton.

As the Times-News previously reported, the company is seeking a conditional-use permit to construct a store on the west side of North Generals Boulevard, roughly 900 feet south of the intersection with Sigmon Road.

The Lincolnton Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to recommend approval of that request. A public hearing on the permit is scheduled to be conducted at the July 5 Lincolnton City Council meeting.

Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter presented the board with details on the proposed minimart during Tuesday’s meeting, noting that the roughly 1,200-square-foot store would take up some of the space of the former Wal-Mart building’s parking lot and have multiple gas pumps.

He also said it would be accessed through the shopping center’s existing driveway. Planning staff recommends that a sidewalk be constructed along the property, as well.

Project Engineer Julie Holmes additionally stated that the mart would “complement the area.”

Typically, Murphy Oil express marts are located near Wal-Mart Supercenters, offering gas discounts to customers.

Though this mart would be a little distance down the road from the new Wal-Mart, Holmes said she expects the store would still offer those same discounts.

 

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