Farm supply cooperative Southern States is closing its Gastonia store and moving into a larger, former Winn-Dixie space in nearby Dallas, which is about 24 miles west of uptown Charlotte.
The new store is located in the Windsor Park Shopping Center off Dallas High Shoals Highway. Construction began in August, and it’s expected to open Dec. 4. The old Gastonia store has been in operation for about 20 years.
At 27,000 square feet, the new Dallas store is more than three times the size of the Gastonia store and will offer a bigger product selection.
“It’s a bigger, better fit,” said spokesman Chris Carter, adding that the store will have a larger parking lot as well.
Southern States says part of its new growth strategy includes building new, larger concept stores to cater to large and small-scale farmers, as well as hobby farmers and rural enthusiasts, according to a statement from the company this week.
This is the Charlotte area’s fourth such concept; its most recent opened in Mooresville last week. The company has said it plans to operate more Charlotte-area stores in the future.
The new Dallas store will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Information on employment at the new store can be found at www.southernstates.com/careers.
Richmond, Va.-based Southern States operates 1,200 retail stores in 23 states, including 16 in North Carolina. It sells farm supplies including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and petroleum products.