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New ‘Discount’ store to open in Lindsay

New ‘Discount’ store to open in Lindsay

A new discount store has emerged in Lindsay, but isn’t a dollar store and it isn’t a national retail chain.

Lindsay resident Abdul Aloudi is opening Discount City, a retail cell phone and accessories store, at 295 W. Hermosa St. in Lindsay. The new business was announced during the Aug. 27 Lindsay City Council meeting as Aloudi was requesting a General Plan Amendment and a Zone Change to allow him to operate a retail business on the industrial zoned property.

City Planner Bill Zigler told the City Council in his report, Zigler said the property is the only industrially designated site west of the Union Pacific Railroad that does not have a structure fit for industrial use. In this regard, the site has historically been utilized for commercial uses.

“The redesignation of the project site would legitimize the continued commercial use and connect the unified central commercial district with the core central commercial district,” the report stated. “While the project would change the long-range planning and zoning of the project site the proposed project would likely be beneficial to land use compatibility of future development in the vicinity.”

The project site is so small in size, less than 8,000 square feet, that it could not function properly as an industrial use.

“This building has been vacant for a long time,” Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Salinas said. “That’s what we are looking for.”

Zigler said Lindsay had received quite a few inquiries from small business. He said he and City staff are trying to steer them toward existing buildings, including the old Lindsay Foods site which was offered as an option to the controversial Dollar General project.

“We market the old Lindsay Foods site very heavily,” Zigler said.

City Councilmember Pam Kimball asked if there was way to ensure the ice cream parlor mural stayed on the south wall of the building. Zigler said there was no indication from the property owner or Aloudi that the mural would be painted over. Zigler said he was not sure if there was any long-term agreement in place to protect the murals and didn’t know if the Mural Committee had actively been maintaining its agreements with property owners.

“I think we might want to look at that since it has been several years [since the mural committee has been active],” Kimball said.

The City Council voted 5-0 to approve a land use and zoning change from Light Industrial to Central Commercial for Discount City.

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