RIDGELAND — Aldermen on Tuesday approved plans for Family Dollar to proceed with renovations of the inside of the old Rite Aid building at School Street Crossing here off Highway 51.

Aldermen unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Family Dollar to occupy the store and begin renovations and conversions of the space. The property is zoned C-2A. 

Community Development Director Alan Hart noted that the particular style of convenience store use required the building be less than 1,500 square feet which the building meets.

Hart also noted that the city’s zoning board recommended approval after they held a public hearing and received no opposition or public comment.

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier noted that because no outside changes were planned, his only concern was what the signage of the store would look like.

Hart said that they had discussed signage consistent with the shopping center and other established citywide standards though no drawings had been submitted.

Cornell Marshall represented the store owners. He said that they had no mockups as of Monday evening.

Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith briefly floated approving the conditional use permit, contingent on signage approval, but the idea was scrapped during discussion Monday evening, deciding to let the project move forward and address the signage when it was available. 

Family Dollar will operate under a familiar format. They will not be taking over the pharmacy functions of the Rite Aid, whose patients have been moved to nearby pharmacies. Developers said that representative from Mac’s Fresh grocery have discussed possibly taking over pharmacy operations in the shopping center, though nothing has been finalized.