GATE CITY — A new convenience store should soon be open for business in Scott County.
During a public hearing at its meeting on Thursday, the Scott County Board of Supervisors approved a special use permit application submitted by Terrie Pendleton. The permit will allow her to open a convenience store in the Fairview community, where there are no nearby stores.
Bill Dingus, director of public works and assistant county administrator, said the store site is located in an agricultural/residential zone, which is why a special use permit is required.
“(The application) was presented to the Planning Commission at their June 11 meeting,” Dingus said, “and the Planning Commission unanimously approved and recommended … that the BOS approve this special use permit.”
The store will be housed in an existing building, where another convenience store had been located until it closed four years ago.
Pendleton, who was present at the meeting, said the site is located 16 to 18 miles from U.S. Route 23. Currently, she said, Fairview residents have to drive either to Duffield or to Tennessee to get to the closest convenience stores.
Sheriff John Puckett commented during the public hearing that a new store would greatly benefit the area.
“The Sheriff’s Office has worked down through there quite a bit, and it’s well needed in that area,” Puckett said. “It needs a store bad.”