Dollar General to relocate from James-York Plaza to new Merrimac Trail storefront

Staff writer

The Dollar General store in the James-York Plaza shopping center will soon relocate to a new store being built from the ground up further down Merrimac Trail.

The store is currently located at 801 Merrimac Trail, but will move into a new storefront at 7115 Merrimac Trail. The Dollar General is slated to re-open at the new location this summer, according to spokeswoman Angela Petkovic.

The store is expected to occupy some 7,400 square feet and will be located between Emily’s Donuts and a Sunoco gas station. The Dollar General joins Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores located further down Merrimac Trail.

Petkovic said the company studied demographic trends, traffic patterns and community concerns when weighing whether to move its Merrimac Trail store, and ultimately chose to move it to better serve its customers.

“The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice,” she wrote in an email. “We know convenience is a major factor in our customers' shopping decisions, as we generally serve customers within a 3- to 5-mile radius, or 10-minute drive.”

For more information, call the Dollar General store at 757-229-6749.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2019 Small Business Person of the Year and Early Stage Business Awards.

Chamber and Tourism Alliance members looking to honor small businesses local to the Greater Williamsburg area are invited to submit nominations for the two awards, which will be given out at a ceremony in the spring.

Nominees for the awards must be Chamber and Tourism Alliance members and have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees to be eligible. Local small businesses must have opened less than three years ago in order to be considered for the Early Stage Business Award, while alliance members that have been in business for at least three years are eligible for the Small Business of the Year Award.

Nominees will be judged based on evidence of continued growth year over year, a portfolio of innovative products or services, entrepreneurial spirit and evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects, according to the alliance’s website.

Ironbound Gym won the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award, while the Virginia Beer Company took home its Early Stage Business of the Year Award last year.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for May 1 at the Launchpad Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 4345 New Town Ave.

The deadline for nominations is March 15. To submit a nomination, visit

The Greater Williamsburg HEARTSafe Alliance will host its first free CPR and AED training at Ironbound Gym, 4325 New Town Ave., from 7:30-8 p.m. Thursday.

The HEARTSafe Alliance was formed in response to the findings of a community health needs assessment conducted by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in 2016.

The study found there was a need for more education on cardiac health in the Greater Williamsburg community, and the two area hospitals joined with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance and Williamsburg, James City and York county fire departments to develop a framework for cardiac health education services.

Residents and business leaders are invited to attend the free training. For more information, visit

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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