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Family Dollar Both Opening and Closing Stores in Kent County

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Call it two steps forward and one step back for Family Dollar stores in Kent County as the company is shuffling around its setup in central Delaware.

There are new stores under construction in both Frederica and Dover. But there's also a now-former Family Dollar location that just recently closed its doors in Dover, too.

The Family Dollar in Frederica is along Front Street just of downtown.

"We're finally getting some businesses to move into Frederica," said Ricky Maddox, vice mayor for the town.

Maddox sees this as the tip of a growth iceberg for the area.

"The beginning," he said. "We believe this is the beginning of what ultimately can come to Frederica with the help of the sports complex."

And on the west edge of downtown Dover, a long-touted new Family Dollar store has been making progress since spring.

But, at the same time, Family Dollar just recently closed a store in Dover on Bay Road.

Company officials tell WBOC Family Dollar identified 370 stores, out of more than 8,200 nationwide, that were underperforming. The decision was to close them. That included the Bay Road location.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen was disappointed by that and says it speaks to a broader issue.

"We've identified the Bay Road area that runs from MLK Jr. Boulevard south toward Dover Air Force Base as an area that we want to do an economic overlay for to try to help the businesses that are there," said Christiansen. "It's our intention to see if we can incubate some additional businesses there."

But for downtown Dover and Frederica, the new stores are the additional businesses local leaders say those areas need. And they expect success for Family Dollar in its new sites.

"I think this - one way or another - will work out well for them," Maddox said.

Family Dollar currently has more than 20 stores across the First State. Both new stores are scheduled to be open in the fall.

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