Neighborhood to Dollar General: “Not in my backyard!”

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) A property re-zoning battle has reached a fever pitch in Terre Haute. Dollar General is looking to move into a residential area, but now that community is rallying to prevent that.

It’s Tuesday afternoon and rush hour at the Pit Stop in north Terre Haute. That’s where you’ll find owner Beth West behind the counter dispensing change and encouragement to customers.

You and I might call them patrons, but she thinks of them as neighbors.

“I love what I do. I love the people who come in here it’s a wonderful place to be,” West said with a smile.

That’s why she supports those same neighbors when they dropped off a petition at her store.

“We are not against the idea of dollar general as a business at all. What we’re against is where they want to put it,” West said.

In July Dollar General approached the owners of a house just a few yards down the street from the Pit Stop on North Clinton Road. Their plan is to purchase the property, rezone it and build a Dollar General in the heart of the north side neighborhood.

A month ago the community began a petition to fight the move. That’s why West said she and the Pit Stop will stand with community.

They’ll be at Wednesday night’s Vigo County Area Planning Meeting asking the county to deny the property become commercial and keep the rest of the neighborhood residential.

News10 approached the owners of the property. We knocked on the doors, but did not get a response.

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