New construction making progress on Ranney Street

By Brenda Sullivan - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
The excavation holes and gravel at the construction site, facing Main Street. Photo by Brenda Sullivan.
The excavation holes and gravel at the construction site, facing Main Street. Photo by Brenda Sullivan.

With better weather finally here – interrupted by occasional rain – construction projects are picking up across town, including a new business on the corner of Main and Ranney streets, called Dollar General (

As of last week, drainage work was underway, soon to be followed by more exterior work, including landscaping to stabilize the site.

“The parking lot is paved, there will be a curb going in alongside the roads,” said East Hartford Town Planner Michael Dayton. “Weather plays a major factor, in terms of when the work will be completed.”

Watching the project’s progress is exciting, Dayton said. “It’s one of the largest investments made in that area in a couple of decades,” he said.

This small-box discount store also has a very positive history, he said. “It’s a good-sized company with a good reputation,” Dayton said, adding that he visited one of the company’s other stores in Vermont.

“It’s like a mini-department store,” he said. “They sell groceries as well as clothing, health and beauty products – a lot of different products.”

According to the company’s website, there are 10,000 Dollar General stores located in 40 states, generating $14.8 billion in sales. The largest number of stores – 1,142 – is in Texas. Currently, the only other Dollar General in Connecticut is located in Waterbury.
“It’s run very well, the prices are extremely competitive, and I think the neighbors are going to find it a real convenience, such as the elderly housing complex in that neighborhood,” he said.

And of course, as with any new business, there will be new jobs created.

Dayton noted that while there are large holes at the construction site – which have concerned some local residents – as drainage pipes are being installed, the developers “are following best managements practices.” He said it won’t be long before those holes are gone. Drivers on Ranney Street are advised to be especially cautious while construction is underway.

Residents who have questions about the project are invited to call Dayton’s office at 860-291-7300. The public is also welcome to come in and view copies of the plans for the project, he said.

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