Interesting! My first thought was that DT might just dissolve the FD stores, but it seems like opening their price range would make more sense. Then they'd be more like the "Deals" stores.
I wonder what their Halloween stock will be like after the buyout (next year, since it probably won't affect this year if the stock has already been ordered).
Our FD is horrible. There's barely anything on the shelves, unless you want toiletries or kitchen items. I helped set up our store back in 1991, and it was great! Then they moved locations, and it's just gone a little more downhill every year. They hardly had anything at all for Halloween last year, and really didn't even have anything for Christmas.
That explains the store closing signs I saw on two Family Dollar stores I passed on Saturday. I drive by another on my way to work, I'll have to see if it has a closing sign too. I'll post an update tonight.
Hmm, I'll be driving by ours today too, so I will see if ours has a sign posted. I wonder how they handle that, if they put out as much backstock as they can before closing, or if they don't bother. If ours even HAS backstock!
Gee, sounds interesting. We have a great Family Dollar about five miles from my house. The little town it's in has an IGA grocery store, a few restaurants and nothing else, so hoping we don't lose it. Of course there is a new Dollar General going in about 7 or eight miles away from FD (and also in the middle of nowhere), so it will be interesting to see what the coming weeks will bring.
theres a dollar general about 2 miles from here, then a family dollar a bit further in the shopping center. no dollar tree in my town (but there are ones in the 2 surrounding towns LOL). would love to see the family dollar replaced with $ tree though!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought of the forum when I saw this story, too! I guess we're lucky in that our FD locations are pretty good. They never have a very big seasonal section, but the stores are good size, well stocked, etc. We have a couple of the larger DTs, and a couple of smaller ones, so it makes me wonder how they're going to disperse any product, and if their pricing will change. We don't have 99 cent stores, so Dollar Tree is our main option here.
The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Dollar Tree intends to keep operating the stores as they are now, although some Family Dollar Stores could become Dollar Trees and vice versa. I live near Charlotte, the home of Family Dollar, and the company has been in the local news quite a bit lately due to a large shareholder seeking to oust the chairman and sell the company.