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Dollar General, Dunkin coming to Lake Junaluska area

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old granny's chicken palace torn down

RAZING THE WAY — A Dollar General and Dunkin are coming to U.S. 19 near the entrance to Lake Junaluska. The old Granny’s Chicken Palace was torn down this week in preparation for the new development.

A Dollar General and Dunkin are being developed at the entrance to Lake Junaluska along U.S. 19.

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center sold the 1.8 acre site to a private developer for $420,000 last July.

Rumors that it would become a Dunkin had been circulating for months, but building permits now confirm that a Dollar General and Dunkin will be built on the site.

The strategically-located site is the crossroads of Waynesville and Maggie Valley, and sits squarely on the doorstep of Lake Junaluska’s main entrance.

“We are excited about the improvements to the property and look forward to having a new neighbor,” said Ken Howle, Lake Junaluska’s executive director.

The building on the property — the famous and fondly-remembered home of Granny’s Chicken Palace — was torn down this week.

Lake Junaluska had previously leased out the property, but it sat vacant for several years aside from a brief stint as a Jamaican restaurant, growing increasingly run-down and derelict.

Once Lake Junaluska sold the property, it had no control over what it would become.

It will join a rash of Dollar Generals that have swept Haywood County the past few years. The one at Lake Junaluska will make nine in all, with four others in a five-mile radius alone — two in Maggie Valley, one on Jonathan Creek and one in Iron Duff.

The tract falls outside Waynesville’s zoning jurisdiction, which means there are no appearance standards or landscaping requirements that must be followed. The site falls under county jurisdiction, and the county doesn’t have aesthetic guidelines for commercial development.

The 1.8-acre property was purchased by WNC ESB Investments last July for $420,000.

That developer in turn flipped a 1.3 acre portion of the tract in May for $390,000 to another developer that specialized in Dollar Generals.

The Dollar General is being developed by The Broadway Group, an Alabama Company that is the biggest developer of Dollar General sites in the country, churning out around 75 a year. The county building permit lists the Dollar General as a $470,000 construction project.

Less is known about the Dunkin also coming to the site, aside from it being confirmed by several who are familiar with the project. It’s building permit has not yet been issued by the county.

WNC ESB Investments was incorporated as an LCC a few days before the sale, presumably for the sole purpose of facilitating the property’s development.

Chris Eller, a partner of Civil Design Concepts engineering firm in Asheville, is the lead contact for WNC ESB Investments, but did not return messages by press time.

When Lake Junaluska sold the property, it specified in the deed that alcohol could not be sold from the premises unless it was in conjunction with a family-style restaurant or sold to-go in bottles and cans.

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Historic Courthouse located at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to discuss the sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital located at 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina to Landmark Asset Services, Inc. for $225,000.00. The County intends to sell the property for affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income per N.C.G.S. 153A-378. The sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital is authorized and conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-267. The County shall attach covenants or conditions to assure that the property will be put to public use for persons of low to moderate income. Persons wishing to be heard at the public hearing are asked to be present. The County Commissioners may adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the hearing including; (i) fixing the maximum time allotted to each speaker, (ii) providing for the designation of spokesmen for groups of persons supporting or opposing the same position, (iii) providing for the selection of delegates from groups of persons supporting or opposing the same positions when the number of persons wishing to attend the hearing exceeds the capacity of the hall, and (iv) providing for the maintenance of order and decorum in the conduct of the hearing.

This 1st day of June, 2020.

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Haywood County Board of Commissioners

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