Dollar General Talks Plans For New Century Store, And What Will Happen To The Current Century Location

March 8, 2021

We’re learning more Dollar General’s plans for a new store in Century, as well as their plans for the current Century location that has been open for nearly 19 years in a 50-year old building.

The development review process is underway for the new Dollar General store in the 7000 block of North Century Boulevard, on the west side of the road between Highway 4A and West Hecker Road.

Dollar General said the company is reviewing the possibility of the new store in Century but is not yet a certainty.

“At this time, we are currently in due diligence phase for a new Dollar General in Century, Florida, that would be located off North Century Boulevard,” Angela Petkovic of Dollar General Corporate Relations told “This means we are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in Escambia County, but we have not committed to doing so just yet. Based on our current timeline, we anticipate to have a final decision on this by spring 2021.”

If the new store is built, it will not replace the current Century Dollar General just over a mile and a half away on North Century Boulevard near the state line, the Food Giant and a Family Dollar, Petkovic said. The existing Century Dollar General opened in July 2002 in a building that was constructed in 1970.

The new Century Dollar General will employ about 6-10 people. It will not include the new “DG Fresh” concept that offers fresh produce and healthier grocery options.

“Should we move forward with this location, we do not currently have plans to include our produce set. DG Fresh refers to the company’s strategic, multi-phased shift to self-distribution of frozen and refrigerated products such as dairy, deli and frozen products,” Petkovic said.

According to plans for the proposed store, it will be 9,291 square feet on about 1.5 acres. It will have 31 total parking space, with entrances from North Century Boulevard and West Hecker Road. The developer has told the town that they will remove 17 trees from the property. They plan to replant those 17 trees at the site, along with five flowering trees and 15 shade trees in the Nadine McCaw Park on North Century Boulevard, just northeast of the planned store.

Plans for store must pass the development review process and a building permit must be issued before construction can begin.

Because it will be located within the Century town limits, the proposed Dollar General on North Century Boulevard will not require a county zoning amendment like a 10,640 square foot store location under consideration in Walnut Hill.

RELATED STORY: Dollar General Wants To Build In Walnut Hill. It Would Change The Future Of North Escambia Rural Zoning.

Pictured top: The current Dollar General location in Century has been open for nearly 19 years in a building that’s 50 years old. Pictured below: The proposed location for a new Dollar General store in Century on North Century Boulevard at Highway 4A. photo and graphic, click to enlarge.


13 Responses to “Dollar General Talks Plans For New Century Store, And What Will Happen To The Current Century Location”

  1. Chelleepea on March 10th, 2021 5:22 pm

    @miixster……you’re spot on about dollar stores!

  2. miixster on March 10th, 2021 2:07 pm

    Dollar stores of any kind discourage supermarkets from coming in. Marketing dept. actually gauge how many dollar stores are in the area by how well off or how poor a community is. The more dollar stores the worse off the town

  3. Sam on March 10th, 2021 12:54 am

    I wish yall would use that money to redo that DGs parking lot and add some lights outside in the parking lot and then redo the old Burger King instead of letting old buildings just take up space .

  4. Polly on March 9th, 2021 11:10 am

    I think any business coming to a small town is a plus. Dollar General Store is a great place to shop at. Don’t matter how many are in our area, if you don’t want to shop there then don’t go in, it is as easy as that.

  5. sam on March 9th, 2021 7:15 am

    i rarely go to the dollar store. they’re always cluttered. 3 of them in one small community is laughable. cheaper is not always better.

  6. Keith on March 9th, 2021 2:31 am

    Three dollar generals in three miles … stupid. ..Need to have a Walmart market.. two dollar store is enough

  7. Chas on March 8th, 2021 5:36 pm

    That will be great for the community and convenient for many. It is good to see another Dollars store maybe you want have to wait in line. Overall I’m glad to see any business we need more of come to the area, line the entire boulevard with dollars store at least the strip will be lighted up until 9:00 pm. Bratt getting this one if you don’t want it, do you see where we’ll going here. Progress for the small communities it’s great and I love it.

  8. Just Me on March 8th, 2021 4:25 pm

    At Oversight: The reason the town removed the trees in Nadine McCaw Park was because they were Pine Beetles in all the Pine trees.

  9. Reader on March 8th, 2021 1:35 pm

    “I heard the new one being built going to have a meat market be nice maybe it will be cheaper than food giant.”

    You heard wrong :) Read the story again. It won’t have “DG Fresh” — fresh food.

  10. Century on March 8th, 2021 1:13 pm

    I heard the new one being built going to have a meat market be nice maybe it will be cheaper than food giant.

  11. Shaking My Head on March 8th, 2021 9:17 am

    How many DG stores are necessary?

  12. So many on March 8th, 2021 8:15 am

    In surrounding areas (milton pace) there are dollar generals everywhere and they are building more. These are often located within 2 to 3 miles of another one. There seems to be a market for the stores as they seem to stay pretty busy. Dollar general is one of the fastest growing/expanding companies and are flooding the market which is good and bad. There is an article online that’s somewhat links the growth of the stores with lower middle class to low income areas.

  13. Oversight on March 8th, 2021 6:34 am

    Doesn’t sound like a very good business plan to have three of the same stores within a few miles of each other and along the same highway. On top of that, include the new addition won’t offer something better, like the DG Fresh. If they’re going to move forward, a better location would be in the vacant space next to the county court house. Just say’n.

    Also let me add, The town removed the trees from McCall park because they might fall during a hurricane (insert eye roll here – lol). No, it was more likely to discourage people from hanging out. So why plant new ones there?

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