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.