In Dover: Dollar Tree store to move into former Value City location

DOVER — Dover will soon have a fourth Dollar Tree discount store and one fewer location for a new Dover Post Office.

Dover City Planner Dave Hugg confirmed that the dollar store will be moving into a portion of the long-vacant Value City in the Bay Court Plaza on Bay Road in Dover.

“Part of the old Value City building is going to be a Dollar Tree discount store. That’s what the major remodeling going on right now is for,” he said. “They are redoing the facade and they’ll make the whole front of the building look somewhat consistent now. They’re working on a new roof, landscaping and site work as well.”

Officials from Dollar Tree could not be reached for comment.
The work taking place on the site, just north of the Bay Road and Transportation Circle intersection, caused some speculation that it was being renovated for a new location for the Dover Post Office.

Not so fast, said U.S. Postal Service and city of Dover officials on Monday afternoon.
“As I understand it, we are considering our options and no final decision has been made yet,” said Ray V. Daiutolo Sr., a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

The site of the former Value City had been identified as one of two potential locations for a new post office facility in Dover after the city informed the USPS South Jersey District early last year that it wasn’t going to renew their lease when it expires in 2020 on the property at the current location, 55 Loockerman Plaza.
That sent the wheels spinning into motion for the USPS to find a new home for the Dover location.

“We have identified two potential options that are now under review — 350 South Queen St. (combined retail and carrier operations) and two other sites for a split setup, retail at 50 North DuPont Highway and carrier operations at 650 South Bay Road,” Mr. Daiutolo said last September.

“We are moving forward with the planning process and additional due diligence on the preferred options.”
The proposed Queen Street spot is the former location of the Chesapeake Utilities offices, located across the street from the Dover Police Department.
The other proposed split location would feature a retail center at the Capital Station shopping complex, which is currently under construction at the now-demolished former Playtex site off U.S. 13, with postal carrier operations to take place at the vacant former Value City building.

Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist with the U.S. Postal Service, explained the primary reason why the post office is seeking to relocate at a Dover City Council meeting in June 2018.

“The city owns the property,” Mr. Hancock said. “We own the building. The lease expires (in March 2020). The city wants to do something else with the property.
“We’re working with the city right now on different options together. This is a team. We’re looking for the best interests.”
One thing Mr. Hancock made clear, the USPS would have no role in the future of the old post office location once it is vacated.

“We do own the building and just like any building that’s on a ground lease when the ground lease is over, the building stays,” he said. “We’re not going to pick it up. We could technically pick it up, but we’re not going to pick up the building and move it.

“Whatever we need from it, we own. The building itself does not have value because we don’t control the land.”

Mr. Hugg said the timeline for the U.S. Postal Service moving into a new location in Dover remains uncertain, but progress is being made.
“I expect their announcement anytime,” he said.

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