Ranchos dollar store OKed by county planning commission

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 9/13/18

The Taos County Planning Commission voted Wednesday night (Sept. 12) to approve a permit for a Family Dollar store in Ranchos de Taos.

A Texas-based developer now has the approval needed to build …

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Ranchos dollar store OKed by county planning commission

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The Taos County Planning Commission voted Wednesday night (Sept. 12) to approve a permit for a Family Dollar store in Ranchos de Taos.

A Texas-based developer now has the approval needed to build a 8,400-square-foot Family Dollar at 1800 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Ranchos de Taos, where the Taos RV Park is currently located. According to a 2017 interview with 7B CEO Chad Merchant, his company has built about 50 dollar stores, including the store in Angel Fire.

The commission voted 3 to 2 to approve the application. Commissioners Eugene Sanchez and Bill Thomas voted against the measure but the majority, commissioners John Durham, William Macdonald and Mary Mascareñas, voted to approve the special use permit.

Several neighbors spoke against the dollar store Wednesday, noting the sometimes heavy and confusing traffic in the area around the intersection of State Road 68 and State Road 518 in Ranchos de Taos, which they argue will be worsened by the dollar store.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 20 edition of the Taos News.

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