Opposition to commercial development is not new. I have seen it many times as property owners seek to preserve neighborhoods, sometimes rightly and sometimes not.
The case of a Dollar General Store on Route 3 near Sackets Harbor is one of those only-in-NNY is this a big deal, much less a major news story.
There's nothing of consequence on the highway and other than Dollar General is not Nordstrom's, there's no reason one can't be built.
People who got the mistaken notion they are an elite opposed the store on the grounds it undermines the historic and unique character of Sackets.
I lived in Sackets briefly decades ago before it became so tony.