by Lisa Tome
For a quarter century, Prag Patel has owned Calvert Citgo, a lone business in a mostly residential and agricultural area.
He's about to get some competition.
A national retailer has announced plans to demolish a pair of existing buildings next door to the Citgo. They then plan to construct a 9,100 square foot Dollar General next to Patel's store, at 2825 North East Road.
"They did send letters (notifying residents of the plan) to surrounding property owners. I didn't attend any of the meetings," said Patel.
He said that in Rising Sun, a gas station and convenience store is located next to the Dollar General. He said both businesses remain in place, so he believes his business will survive.
"I don't think Dollar General was the right thing to do. They'll take away from the grocery sales and big items. We'll adjust and do other things," said Patel. He said he is considering expanding his menu, adding hot foods such as French fires and onion rings to his subs and sandwich menu to compensate for any sales loss.
The plans for this project are currently under review at the county's Department of Permits and Inspections. The plan includes a demolition permit which will require the buildings, a one story commercial building, and a two story combined commercial/residential property to come down.
Dollar General has two stores in North East, and one in Elkton. Within the last few years they've built stores in Cecilton, Chesapeake City, Conowingo, and Rising Sun. There is also a store within a few miles of the planned Calvert store in Nottingham, Pa.