Listen to this article here
by BWST Staff
City Councilwoman Vanessa-Hall Harper, along with her campaign manager Kristi Williams and Reverend Brenda Denson of Pine Street Christian Church, the church that resides next to the new dollar store development met with two of its representatives.
A few weeks prior to their sit-down meeting, the two representatives interrupted Sunday worship service at the small church, demanding to speak to Rev. Denson in regards to the anti-Dollar General protest sign sitting in front of the church and next to the developing store.
Nick DeAngelo, Director of the Northwest Oklahoma Region, was one of the two men present at the meeting. Mr. DeAngelo, who was described as Latino or Native American, asked the City Councilwoman, Rev. Denson and Mrs. Williams what Dollar General could do to get the protest sign removed.
Hall-Harper reproached with “Stop developing the current dollar general store.”
DeAngelo offered to place healthy choices [foods] available for its shoppers; however, Hall-Harper explained that they were informed that the store was too small to have a grocery section.
The City Councilor informed the representatives from Dollar General to note that protest will continue as long as the store is developing and opening.
The moratorium is in full affect and the city’s legal department is currently working on the new zoning codes for discount dollar stores for some areas in North Tulsa.
Sadly, the Dollar General store development began the day after the 180-day moratorium on discount dollar stores was passed, which seems almost intention some residents said.