Brussels Dollar General Looks Like a Go

If all goes as expected, Dollar General may get its store in Door County.

JoAnn Neinas, Brussels’ zoning administrator, said the developer for the discount chain is close to completing the requirements of the town’s zoning ordinance. She’s not anticipating a problem and expects to let the town board know during its Wednesday, June 9, meeting that everything is in order and ready for her signature.

The developer, Peter Oleszczuk of Midwest Property Development, builds the stores and then leases them back to Dollar General. The site he’s selected in Brussels is a vacant lot next to the Brussels General Store and gas station on County DK. A general-merchandise store, Pioneer Pantry; and a grocery store, Marchant’s Foods, also serve the town.

Joe Wautier, Brussels’ town chair, said if the proposed development meets all the town’s zoning requirements, the town can’t reject it. He said he’s heard from only two people: one who was opposed to the project, and another who wanted to make sure the town wasn’t offering any incentives.

“Which is not the case,” Wautier said. “They’re [the developer] on their own.”

Wautier said he was indifferent to the proposal personally, but he didn’t think it would hurt the town. He said Brussels lost a bank and hardware store, and the project would bring more tax revenue and employ some local people.

“Some of the businesses will have competition, but that’s what we’re based on, is competition, right?” he said.

The developer is the same one who met fierce opposition when he proposed a store in Sister Bay in 2019 and then in the Town of Egg Harbor earlier this year. The Village of Sister Bay sent Oleszczuk back to the drawing board over impervious-surface issues in December 2019. Instead of returning, he introduced new plans for the Egg Harbor location in the fall of 2020, but the Town of Egg Harbor rejected his development on March 15 over traffic and safety concerns.