Downtown Kingman to get retail boost

Downtown residents are going to have somewhere to pick up a few groceries are other items now that Dollar General has broken ground on a new outlet.

Photo by Hubble Ray Smith.

Downtown residents are going to have somewhere to pick up a few groceries are other items now that Dollar General has broken ground on a new outlet.

KINGMAN – Dollar General was issued a building permit in December for construction of a new 7,500-square-foot building at 525 W. Beale St., a welcome addition for the downtown area in dire need of retail stores selling general merchandise and food items.

The permit was issued to DG Fenn Construction of Phoenix for a total fee of $12,237 and building valuation of $495,000.

Calls to Dollar General and DG Fenn for further details, including a timeline for construction, were not returned.

Based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General operates more than 13,000 stores in 43 states, including three in Kingman. The store sells food, cleaning supplies, health and beauty products, limited clothing, housewares and other frequently used items.

Jim McErlean, building official for the city of Kingman, said grading has begun on the 50,433-square-foot lot, and the storefront will be similar to the Dollar General on Stockton Hill Road. It’s a metal building with a 21-foot height.

The lot was acquired from Kingman Unified School District, and has been split into smaller parcels, McErlean said

“It’ll definitely fill a vacant lot and give people downtown someplace to go,” he said. “Certainly it will attract more traffic. It sounds like it’s going to be good for downtown. People have to go up on the hill (Stockton Hill Road) to Safeway or go to Circle K.”

In its third-quarter earnings report, Dollar General said it plans to open about 1,000 new stores in fiscal 2017, and plans to remodel or relocate 900 stores, increasing square footage by about 7.5 percent.

The company reported net income of $235 million, or 84 cents a share, for the third quarter, compared with $253 million, or 86 cents a share, in third quarter 2015.

The “challenging retail environment” contributed to weakness in same-store sales and financial performance, Dollar General Chief Executive Officer Todd Vasos said in a company statement.

The company is focused on driving traffic in stores and controlling factors that can be controlled, many of which are macroeconomic and transitory in nature, he said.

“We continue to believe that our business model is strong given our value proposition to our customers,” Vasos said. “We are investing in accelerated new store growth with excellent returns, as well as the infrastructure to support this growth, while continuing to return cash to shareholders.”

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mrpig 6 days, 7 hours ago

So how is yet another Dollar General store opening in Kingman any thing more then proof of the contuinued blight of Kingman.

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Gunguy45 6 days, 7 hours ago

Out near I40 across from the County bldg? That seems like a silly choice, but what do I know.

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smw1031 6 days, 6 hours ago

Sweet, another junk store with an unattractive facade... why couldn't we at least try to require them to meet some decent design standards to church it up to look like the Hualapai Mtn Rd location so it's not an eye sore.

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Ljackson86401 6 days, 6 hours ago

Just what we need...another Dollar General. Pretty soon the whole town is going to be filled up ....oh joy

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ThaiMaiShu 6 days, 5 hours ago

Glad to see something being built, sorry to see that it's an ugly building.

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R 6 days, 5 hours ago

Dollar General? Really???

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dlphnlvr99 6 days, 3 hours ago

Why can't people just be happy for the folks downtown? Maybe this will be the 1st and other stores will follow.

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jcarbone702 6 days, 2 hours ago

I see Kingman is finally going "Up Scale". LMAO

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Wildrose 6 days ago

This is really good news. While not a Dillard's my heart yearns for, these stores are great to grab your cleaning products and so many other things. It just may bring in some other businesses. Wouldn't it be great if a Dairy Queen moved back in in that area; the very area two DQ's used to be in back in the 1950's and 60's.

Traveling thru Arizona in the past few months, I have seen two ENORMOUS outlet malls south of Phoenix, one across the highway from Casa Grande, the other further south in the middle of nowhere. El Paso has another one, halfway between El Paso and Las Cruces.

I wonder why Kingman could not also have one of these outlet malls? The two Arizona malls had the same name. Same company obviously. We have practically nowhere to buy shoes and clothing in this town. And why can't J C Penney, which is always crammed with customers, build a big store that sells linens, pots and pans, etc instead of just clothing and shoes. JCP's in TX are first class with hair salons, beauty bars and now large appliances and are usually 3 stories high.

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Gunguy45 5 days, 10 hours ago

JCP is always crammed? Where/when the heck have you been shopping there? Just before school starts or Christmas? I don't think I've ever seen more than 5-6 customers there other than those times. Jeez, at the most I've seen 2 employees and one is usually at checkout, the other at jewelery.

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Wildrose 4 days, 17 hours ago

Actually. I shop there all the time and it is rare that I don't have to wait in line. I was at the original opening of JCPenney's here in about 1947 too - am in the opening day picture with my Grandmother. Haha!

I occasionally go to the Penney's in Havasu and found, while it has so much more including a hair salon, there are rarely any customers. That seems to be the case in the entire mall. Not sure why.

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Gunguy45 1 day, 16 hours ago

Ahhh, well waiting to pay is not the same as a bunch of customers. It means they are normally understaffed, as I stated.

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R 5 days, 3 hours ago

Wildrose - We do have retailers that sell pot and pans and linens...it's call Walmart and KMart. And as long as Walmart's here and our if population continues to stays low, we'll have nothing more than that.

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jcarbone702 5 days, 3 hours ago

You're in Kingman, AZ. The only thing this place has a market for is Dollar Stores, Fast Food and Meth. If you removed the Fast Food there would be no traffic on Stockton Hill. If you removed the meth, Birdland would be a ghost town and the Dollar Stores would go out of business.

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Gunguy45 5 days, 10 hours ago

I swear, you could give some people $20 and they'd complain it was a dirty bill.

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RR 5 days, 5 hours ago

Kingman had a Dairy Queen until 2010. No retail giant is going to invest in small city that has a Walmart, online sales are the future.

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R 5 days, 3 hours ago

The Dairy Queen was closed in 2008 and I agree, Walmart prevents a lot of retail growth in this small town.

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jcarbone702 5 days, 3 hours ago

The only retail that is going to do well in Kingman are stores that sell stuff you need today i.e. convenient stores, dollar stores, gas stations, food stores, medical services, vehicle services, Walmart and fast food. For everything else that can wait a few days people will either go get or buy online. Kingman Crossing will be built only for access to KRMC.

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Butterfly77 3 days, 21 hours ago

When. Is it suppose to open. Not on websit yet for hiring

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