Local Family Dollar stores spared from chopping block

East Rockingham construction began in earnest last Friday

Christina Robinson | PeeDeePost.com The Family Dollar in Ellerbe opened in February and of three Richmond County locations open for business. None of the three are slated for closure.

Christina Robinson | PeeDeePost.com
The Family Dollar in Ellerbe opened in February and of three Richmond County locations open for business. None of the three are slated for closure.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

RICHMOND COUNTY — As Family Dollar, a national discount retail chain, makes plans to close 370 of what it called in April as underperforming stores including 19 in North Carolina, the three Richmond County locations appear to be unaffected.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com A worker with Marolf Construction, of Charlotte, gets close to the steel Wednesday afternoon at the East Rockingham site.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
A worker with Marolf Construction, of Charlotte, gets close to the steel Wednesday afternoon at the East Rockingham site.

“Family Dollar is taking decisive action to position the company to be more successful in an adverse operating environment,” said Bryn R. Winburn in an email to The Pee Dee post. “The company conducted a comprehensive business review to identify opportunities to provide customers with more value, increase operational efficiency and improve financial performance.”

The review concluded that 370 of the company’s 8,246 stores, or 4.4 percent, would be slated to close. Until Wednesday, it wasn’t known which of the 370 locations would be affected.

“No stores in (Richmond County) will be closing,” Winburn said.

Family Dollar operates one store on East Broad Avenue in Rockingham, a second on West Hamlet Avenue in Hamlet and a third on Main Street in Ellerbe. The Ellerbe location celebrated its grand opening on March 1.

The company operates 425 stores in North Carolina; 19 are scheduled for closure. Each store impacts up to 10 employees. Winburn said the company hopes to reassign employees to nearby locations.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com After receiving approval from Richmond County officials for a conditional use permit last November, the concrete floor was finally poured last Friday at the East Rockingham construction site.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
After receiving approval from Richmond County officials for a conditional use permit last November, the concrete floor was finally poured last Friday at the East Rockingham construction site.

The The Richmond County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a conditional use permit application by Durban Development last November for a fourth location in East Rockingham at the intersection Airport Road and Entwistle Street. Though the project had experienced a number of unexpected, unspecified delays, workers with Marolf Construction, of Charlotte, poured the concrete slab flooring last Friday and the steel frame already was erected by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

The roots of Family Dollar took hold in Rockingham in the 1930s, when Leon Levine watched his older brother work in the family-owned department store, The Hub, on South Lee Street.

In 1954, Levine opened his first store in Richmond County. It was modeled after a New York closeout store. Five years later, married and living in Charlotte, Levine opened up his first Family Dollar.

 

 

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