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What is that? A new market featuring produce and more is opening in Genesee Township

GENESEE TWP, MI — Piles of fallen earth and concrete are drawing attention at the intersection of Genesee and Stanley roads.

It is the under-construction site where a new Dollar General Market will open this fall, providing residents with produce and goods.

Dollar General operates approximately 19,000 stores in the U.S., 2,700 of which focus on fresh groceries. DG Markets stock products, meats and other foods not typically found in dollar stores.

“There are only about five in Michigan,” Genesee Township Supervisor Daniel Eashoo told MLive-The Flint Journal. “I see it as a smaller version of Aldi and Save-a-Lot.”

Formerly home to the Mikatam Lounge, the land is vacant, Eashoo said, and he has tried to fill it with a business.

“They (Dollar General) are predicting they should be open by Labor Day,” Easho said. “It will enhance our community very well. When you enter, you see a beautiful building, beautiful trees and grass.”

Other developments are in the works for the municipality.

There will soon be a new gas station and convenience store on the southeast corner of Belsay and Richfield roads, which Eashoo believes will be a Hanibal’s liquor store.

Pomp’s Tire Service also plans to open on Dort Highway, north of Carpenter Road.

“I’m really happy that these companies are signing up because it’s vacant land and we’re going to get a bigger tax base out of it,” Eashoo said. “There is always a need for a tire shop, a supermarket. We need restaurants here now.”

Approximately 21,000 people live in Genesee Township, consisting of 8,000 residential lots.