By early next year, Airport Road should have two new chain “dollar” stores — in addition to the locally owned Dollar Mart.

Deep-discount retailers carrying general merchandise, often with little-known brands and inferior quality merchandise, thrive during economic recessions.

A 9,300-square-foot Family Dollar store is going up at the northwest corner of Airport Road and Camino Tierra Real.

Louis Polanco of Las Cruces, a supervisor for 7B Building & Development of Lubbock, Texas, said he’s been working on the Santa Fe store for about a month and a half and expects to complete it in about two months.

Polanco said his client is the Hutton Corp. of Nashville, Tenn., which is the developer of new stores for Family Dollar Corp. He said that 7B Building & Development does about 12 new Family Dollar stores a year.

Farther east on Airport Road at its southeast corner with Fields Lane, groundbreaking is planned next month for an 8,972-square-foot Dollar General store that is expected to take about five months to build.

On Aug. 4, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved the development plan — with some conditions — for the 1-acre lot that, like about 16 adjoining acres, already is zoned SC-1 (planned shopping center).

Michael Henry of US National Bank Association, which took over First Community Bank in January, appeared before the commission on behalf of Ratcliff Facilities of Alexandria, La., which develops new stores for Dollar General Corp.

Henry told the commissioners it’s unfair to require his client to do a traffic study for his property as well as 16 adjacent acres owned by others and to pay for realigning the sidewalk through the area just because he is the first to do development there.

“However, my client feels like he cannot afford further delays,” he said, according to the minutes. “It has taken 107 days to get through this process. Prices are going up and we are running out of building season, and we will accept the restrictions.”

The Dollar Mart in shop No. 15 in the Chamisa Center at 4350 Airport Road opened in 2004 as Dollar & More, and for the last year and a half has been owned by Roberto Deras of Santa Fe.

Deras said he’s not worried about the two national chain stores moving in.

“A lot of our products are not just dollar items,” he said. “We have all kinds of things. … [The chain stores mainly] carry $1 and $2 items, so it would be a little bit different. I mean, we would still carry different stuff.”

Deras said that although he carries pens and small toys for $1, his best-selling merchandise, earrings and makeup, is more expensive.

Most of the merchandise sold by chain dollar stores is generic from China, he said. “We used to [carry] those products, but people would complain a lot, so we’d rather have a little bit better quality.”

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