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A city commission Tuesday will hear an appeal by a company attempting to occupy a vacant building in Napoleon.

The parent company of Dollar General has applied for a permit allowing it to move into the former Family Video building in Napoleon, but a zoning regulation stands in the way.

Dolgen Midwest LLC of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, previously applied for the permit to occupy the building at 125 W. Clinton St, but was denied due to the building being located in a C-1 (commercial) zoning area.

Dolgen Midwest is appealing the decision to deny the permit and a public hearing with the Napoleon Board of Zoning Appeals has been scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The appeal challenges the assertion the store is a grocery.

In denying the permit, Napoleon Zoning Administrator Mark Spiess noted the city’s zoning regulations do not allow for a grocery store to be allowed within a C-1 district. Dollar General stores typically sell food items in addition to other products.

Spiess noted the city’s definition of grocery store is “stores where most of the floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offer other home care and personal care products, and which are substantially larger and carry a broader range of merchandise than convenience stores.”

Family Video, which rented movies and video games, closed operations at the location several months ago and the building has been for sale, though it is not known whether Dolgen Midwest has bought the building or intends to lease it.

A Dollar General store is currently located on Scott Street in Napoleon.

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