It looks like Dollar General has a bigger plan for Wichita than simply two new stores. In October, Have You Heard? reported that the chain had plans to tear down the former Braum's building on West Central just west of West Street to build a new store and that it's bringing a store to 47th Street South near South Clifton.
The chain actually is working on four stores, and a fifth is a possibility.
Jef Falling, vice president with Tulsa-based Stava Building , says he's working on four Dollar General stores here.
"We hope to have the first two up by probably March 1," Falling says.
That's the West Central store and a new one coming to 1918 E. 13th St.
Those stores and the one on 47th Street South will be 9,000 square feet.
A fourth, on the northwest corner of 21st and Piatt, will be 10,600 square feet.
"It's whatever can fit on the lot," Falling says of the chain's three prototype sizes. "That's usually the way that works."
The second two stores will be ready by early April.
Falling says he hears a fifth store could be in the works, but there's no confirmation on that.
No one with Dollar General returned a call for comment.
Stalling, who does work for Dollar General in several neighboring states, says he's built almost 50 new stores for the company in the past two years.
He says Dollar General has plans for 900 to 1,100 new stores in the next year, including about 400 relocations.
"They're on a huge expansion plan."
Family Dollar also appears to be expanding in Wichita.
No one with the company responded for comment, but there's a building permit for $240,000 for 2201 E. Central.
The construction company building the store says the permit is for a new Family Dollar.
There's been a lot of news this week about discount retailers expanding in the market.
In addition to the Family Dollar and Dollar General news, Dollar Tree announced it's bringing another store to the area. It will open at Westgate Market on West Kellogg by April.
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