Dollar Store Battle Continues In Chester

by Steve Zind

In February the District 2 Environmental Commission issued an Act 250 land use permit for the construction of a 9,100-square foot dollar store at the edge of the village. The store would be operated by the national chain Dollar General.

The plan has been controversial as we reported last year, when it was being considered by the Chester Development Review Board.  The development board’s decision to approve the project with conditions is being appealed by a group called Smart Growth Chester.

Now it appears the group will also fight the environmental commission decision.  An email from Shawn Cunningham of Smart Growth Chester indicates that Dollar General’s Act 250 permit will also be appealed.

The number of dollar stores is on the rise in Vermont.  A few others have generated some local resistance, but none have prompted the sustained, organized opposition taking place in Chester.