County to get new Golden Corral, Dollar General

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Spring Hill residents should soon see the new Golden Corral going up along U.S. 19.

The building permit has been issued and the company is now ready to begin construction on the new 7,567-square-foot restaurant at the corner of U.S. 19 and Plyna Street, north of the Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

The all-you-can-eat buffet eatery, headquartered in Raleigh N.C., used to have a location in Spring Hill. In the 1990s, it was in the building now occupied by IHOP. There is only one Golden Corral currently in Hernando County, located along Broad Street in Brooksville.

The chain has about 500 restaurants in more than 40 states.

In other news:

The county building department received an application for a Dollar General store to be located on the southeast corner of U.S. 19 and Hexam Road, in northwest Hernando County.

Tennessee-based Dollar General has more than 10,000 stores in 40 states, with 577 of them in Florida. The chain seeks sites along a retail corridor with good traffic, high visibility with easy in and out access, according to its website.

The store targets households with a median income of less than $75,000 and a surrounding population of at least 4,500.

The typical building is 9,000 square feet, has a minimum 30 parking spaces and accessible for truck delivery.

Dollar General plans to add 635 new stores in 2013 and relocate or remodel another 550 locations.

In all, it expects to create 6,000 new jobs.