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Dollar General stirs debate in Worth Co.

Dozens of people attended a public hearing Thursday night on the rezoning of land for a Dollar General. (Source: WALB) Dozens of people attended a public hearing Thursday night on the rezoning of land for a Dollar General. (Source: WALB)
Worth County Commissioners did approve rezoning land at Highway 82 and Woodcrest Road, opening the way for construction of a new Dollar General.  (Source: WALB) Worth County Commissioners did approve rezoning land at Highway 82 and Woodcrest Road, opening the way for construction of a new Dollar General. (Source: WALB)
Worth County resident Tina Marie Merritt (Source: WALB) Worth County resident Tina Marie Merritt (Source: WALB)
Worth County resident Rickey Shipp (Source: WALB) Worth County resident Rickey Shipp (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

One group of Worth County residents is fighting to keep a new business out of their area, while others spoke out in favor of the Dollar Store.

Dozens of people attended a public hearing Thursday night on the rezoning of land for a Dollar General. 

Worth County Commissioners did approve rezoning land at Highway 82 and Woodcrest Road, opening the way for construction of a new Dollar General. 

Worth County residents gathered in the Courthouse to voice their opinion over the controversial proposed Dollar General.

"Once you start bringing that out, you're going to take your country life, and believe me you're not going to want that," said resident Tina Marie Merritt. 

That country life is the reason Merritt said that she chose to live in Worth County nine years ago. 

"We chose Worth County for their school system and the smallness, the quietness and the friendliness of the whole community," said Merritt.

She worries that retail development will change that for good.

Opponents of the store worry about traffic.

Merrit said that she already has difficulty turning onto Woodcrest from Highway 82. 

Critics also said that the store could lead to crime. Merritt said she surveyed people in Albany. 

"I asked 'If you were having a Dollar General built by your house, what do you think will come with it?' And a lot of people said crime and I thought it was very interesting," explained Merritt.

But more than one hundred people signed a petition in favor of the store. 

Rickey Shipp was one of those who wants Dollar General to build.

"I don't see no problem with it," said Shipp. "I thought it was a great idea because like I say it is a conveniency, for me and my family also."  

Right now the closest Dollar General is five miles away.

And Shipp doesn't foresee any problems with traffic or crime.

"My daughter lives there, if it was going to bring crime to the area I would be opposed of it," explained Shipp. 

Developer Teramore addressed the residents' concerns. 

They said that the Dollar General should bring in $35,000 to $40,000 in SPLOST revenue every year.

It's expected to open in the middle of 2017.

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