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Dollar Tree gets permit for Tanner Lane

Dollar Tree plans to spend nearly $1 million to build its second Clinton store, which will be at 140 Tanner Lane near Walmart, according to a building permit the company obtained this month from the city of Clinton.

The permit calls for a “new commercial structure” of 9,998 square feet, at a cost of $939,506, to be built by Summit General Contractors of Knoxville. Dollar Tree Corp., which also owns the Family Dollar store chain, paid $3,083 for the building permit.

Clinton’s Planning Commission first reviewed Dollar Tree’s plans for the new, freestanding store during its Nov. 9 meeting, and subsequently approved the project. The company waited until this month to seek the building permit.

Dollar Tree, based in Chesapeake, Virginia, already has a Clinton store in the Centre Plaza shopping complex at 1115 N. Charles G Seivers Blvd., near the United Grocery Outlet.

The chain operates more than 15,000 stores in the 48 contiguous United States and Canada under the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands, having acquired the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Family Dollar store chain in July 2015. The nearest Family Dollar store to Clinton is in Rocky Top.

Dollar Tree earlier declined to confirm its plans for the new Clinton location, and company officials were not immediately available this week to provide any details about the project, including a timeline for construction of the new store, and whether it would affect the current store in Clinton, about three miles away from the new store’s location.

There are no other dollar stores in the I-75, Exit 122 area, but there are two Dollar General stores nearby – one next to Big Lots on Charles G. Seivers Boulevard and another on Andersonville Highway in Norris. Dollar General and Dollar Tree are the two national leaders in the dollar-store segment.

Dollar General has two other Clinton stores, plus another on Lake City Highway.