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Video store considers move across Thomson

A local video store may be moving across town.

Video Warehouse officials hope to build a 4,500 square foot building on property on a triangle of land between Main Street, Dean Avenue and West Street - just north of the Thomson Armory.

The store is currently located in the IGA shopping center on Hill Street. Video Warehouse Property Manager Jarratt Pryor said the chain plans to close the IGA location in favor of the Main Street spot, once construction is completed. He said he didn't have a solid timeframe for the work right now.

Mr. Pryor said store officials hoped to build a standalone location when they first started looking at Thomson a few years ago. They chose to rent the storefront in the IGA shopping center, but they never stopped looking.

"We have never done well in the middle of a shopping center, and we've tried it a bunch of different times in different locations," he said.

In an effort to build the new location, company officials asked city council members to rezone the property - which is about .65 acres - for commercial use.

"Those guys with the city have really been helpful in getting this thing worked out," Mr. Pryor said.

City Council members unanimously approved a zoning request from the company Thursday night at their regular meeting. Officials did levy a series of conditions on the approval:

  • any signs for the store must be pre-approved

  • the developers must complete a study of the impact of the new store on traffic and safety on surrounding streets

  • the removal or relocation of a trash bin pad, show on preliminary plans at the rear of the store

  • the developers must submit a landscape plan to local planning officials

  • the building must have a brick facade.

    "I don't have a problem with their request," said Thomson Mayor Pro-Tem Kenneth Usry. "...I just don't want a concrete block building sitting 15 feet off the roadway."

    Web posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006

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