Whitesburg KY

Old Rite-Aid store will become new Dollar Tree

Remodeling began last week on a building for a new Dollar Tree store in west Whitesburg.

The company has removed the old awnings from the building on Hazard Road and is expected to begin putting up signs soon. The company has already obtained building permits from the city and began wiring last week.

The company has been advertising for employees for a store in Whitesburg for several weeks. Some employees have already been hired, but other jobs are still posted on online hiring sites and the company’s own corporate website.

The store will locate in the old Rite Aid building on Hazard Road.

Jobs advertised include sales floor associates, assistant manager in training, store manager, customer service representative, operations assistant manager and merchandise assistant manager. Some of the openings have expired, but others were placed within the last two weeks.

Dollar Tree is a Fortune 500 company and operates more than 15,100 locations across the country. It purchased Family Dollar in 2014 for a reported $9.2 billion, and has begun opening some combination stores with both branded outlets in the same building. It’s not clear how the new store here will be designed, but it has not applied for an interior construction permit. It has been in contact with the city about the requirements for a sign.

There is already a Family Dollar within sight of the new location.

Dollar Tree describes its business model as offering customers “the thrill of the hunt.” Virtually everything is $1 or less, and the store says that customers “can discover new treasures every week.”

While Family Dollar is aimed at lower-income shoppers and carries mainly household items for under $10, Dollar Tree is aimed at suburban, middle-income shoppers. It primarily stocks seasonal merchandise, toys, stationary, home decor, kitchenware, and party items.

The company plans to open 400 new Dollar Tree stores and 200 new Family Dollar stores this year. Of the total 600 stores, 50 will be combination stores built in towns with populations of 3,000 to 4,000. Those stores will have household items with Family Dollar pricing and seasonal items with Dollar Tree pricing.

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