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Old 06-28-2019, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Putnam County, TN
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For example, there is NO Dollar General in western Putnam County, but many rural communities have successful ones even away from lakes, medium cities and four-lane highways, and the Baxter one is massively crowded. Commercial-zoned land shouldn't be a problem either; there are abandoned commercial buildings at Exits 276, 273 and 268 (the latter of which has long been for sale) that, if DG bought, they could tear down and replace. Even a lot of my family agrees that the abandoned building in Buffalo Valley would probably be a good place for one, and that little community isn't good for much and has no businesses currently...

Additionally, the Bloody Eighth in the South of Putnam County has nothing but a popular marina and single gas station, all the while having good road connections, decent population, attractive lake access and wealthy residents. Why is this? Surely they could support a DG or something too, which could again clear some of the crowd at the Baxter one.

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Old 06-28-2019, 08:35 AM
 
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For example, there is NO Dollar General in western Putnam County, but many rural communities have successful ones even away from lakes, medium cities and four-lane highways, and the Baxter one is massively crowded. Commercial-zoned land shouldn't be a problem either; there are abandoned commercial buildings at Exits 276, 273 and 268 (the latter of which has long been for sale) that, if DG bought, they could tear down and replace. Even a lot of my family agrees that the abandoned building in Buffalo Valley would probably be a good place for one, and that little community isn't good for much and has no businesses currently...

Additionally, the Bloody Eighth in the South of Putnam County has nothing but a popular marina and single gas station, all the while having good road connections, decent population, attractive lake access and wealthy residents. Why is this? Surely they could support a DG or something too, which could again clear some of the crowd at the Baxter one.

As always, discuss away!
I'm surprised, too, that Dollar General hasn't built any additional stores in the western part of Putnam County. A DG at Exit 273 would be popular as it would be the only grocery store anywhere near all those cabins and houseboats at Center Hill Lake.

There is going to be a grocery store, rumored to be Food City, at the development in Baxter across the street from Dollar General. I would love to see downtown Baxter restored to its former glory. Back in the day it had a movie theater, multiple grocery stores, several restaurants, etc. The new train depot is a big step in the right direction. The new park where Baxter Seminary used to be will also do a lot to bring people (and businesses) back into town.
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, TN
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I'm surprised, too, that Dollar General hasn't built any additional stores in the western part of Putnam County. A DG at Exit 273 would be popular as it would be the only grocery store anywhere near all those cabins and houseboats at Center Hill Lake.

There is going to be a grocery store, rumored to be Food City, at the development in Baxter across the street from Dollar General. I would love to see downtown Baxter restored to its former glory. Back in the day it had a movie theater, multiple grocery stores, several restaurants, etc. The new train depot is a big step in the right direction. The new park where Baxter Seminary used to be will also do a lot to bring people (and businesses) back into town.
I agree that a DG at Exit 273 would be especially popular with the lake. Same goes with 268. Either Silver Point or Buffalo Valley would have that advantage, but I would like one in BV more because both SP and Granville would then both be closest to it (which means more customers), and there's already open space in BV.

I agree that Baxter should be restored to its former glory too, but it'll probably happen someday as Cookeville spreads out. It's already a suburb of the latter, and Algood has been developing more over the past decade. Hopefully they're prepared to have to widen either 70N or Buffalo Valley to four lanes, or else the interstate to six, to accommodate the additional traffic when that happens. Maybe they should even consider building a third connector from Baxter to Buffalo Valley on the county level, or if not, rebuild the highway west of Baxter to be bigger and add a decent connector to Exit 268 (the interstate curves away enough to make 273 inconvenient to/from the north).
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