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A new Dollar General store is being proposed on GreenLea Boulevard across from Freedom Church near State Route 386 in Gallatin.

A new Dollar General store is being proposed on GreenLea Boulevard in Gallatin.

The 9,100-square-foot store, if approved, would be built on 1.3 acres of vacant property next to the American Job Center across from Freedom Church, according to a preliminary master development plan submitted to the city’s planning department.

During a Gallatin Planning Commission work session Monday, city officials expressed their desire to see the design of the building change to look more like the company’s recently built store off East Main Street in Hendersonville.

“GreenLea Boulevard… is our western gateway,” Gallatin Planning Commission Chairman John Puryear said during the meeting. “The architecture needs to be a step up from what you all have shown (for this location).”

Planning commissioners are expected to vote on whether to recommend approval of the plan during their next meeting on Aug. 26. The project would then go to the city council for a final decision.

While the developer is open to architectural changes to the proposed design of the store, project representative Andy Leath with GreenLID Design stopped short of agreeing to matching the Hendersonville store layout Monday. He also asked city leaders to consider eliminating a proposed road connection between the Dollar General and neighboring American Job Center property.

“That’s a very difficult connection to tie into… due to the topography, the landscape buffer that is existing there and just the angle that it comes in at,” Leath added. “(That) makes it very difficult to utilize for a connection to this site.”

Dollar General currently operates more than 15,500 stores in 44 states, according to its website. The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based company announced earlier this year that it plans to open 975 new locations and remodel 1,000 existing stores in 2019.

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