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Family Dollar Slated to Open in Early 2013; Business Owners Unfazed

The chain's presence in Seminole Heights has caused opposition from community members.

The message at the top of the "No Family Dollar" in Seminole Heights Facebook fan page is bold and clear:

"We want bungalows, not box stores. No "Family Dollar" in Seminole Heights."

The group's sentiment about the North Carolina-based chain is shared among local business owners, community leaders and residents who say Family Dollar's plans to open early next year at 5100 N. Florida Avenue takes away from the small business, locally-owned feel that Seminole Heights has become known for.

Despite local concerns, a white, 7,500 square foot storefront has emerged at the new location's address, complete with a finished parking lot and construction signs.

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It's slated to open in the first half of 2013, sometime during the first quarter, said Bryn Winburn, a Family Dollar spokeswoman.

"We met with two folks from the community this summer, and I know that they, after learning more about Family Dollar, and the fact that we hope to be a positive addition to the community, were speaking to additional community leaders," she said.

When plans were announced earlier this year, residents met in groups and talked about the store. Some wondered why another Family Dollar - a handful of other stores are within a few miles of the soon-to-be opened store on N. Florida Avenue - was coming to their neighborhood.

Others say they made up their minds to make silent declarations.

"Basically, people say they aren't going to shop there," said Kendra Bailey, owner of Health Mutt and president of the Business Guild of Seminole Heights. "I think people will shop locally."

While the anti-Family Dollar movement may seem universal, some business owners say they aren't concerned about the store opening another location.

"We have multiple (Family Dollar) stores, but we have those stores because they have a need," said Michelle Brooks of Brooksies Market. "I don't think they compete with locally-owned small businesses. Their presence doesn't take away from anything me and my friends are doing up and down the street."

What do you think about Family Dollar coming to Seminole Heights? Tell us in the comments.

Bob P December 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I'm glad the article finally stated not all residents are opposed. I wish this article stated more of cooperation than opposition. Now that it is planned, maybe our neighborhood should be known for cooperation instead of opposition to business enterprises, especially in this economy.
Carol December 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I personally live right on Haya Street - where it is opening on the corner - and look forward to walking to this store to shop, instead of going up on Nebraska to that one. It's a great adddition to our neighborhood! I can walk to the Refinery or the Independent, have a beer and on the way home, stop at Family Dollar and pick up what I need - love being able to walk around my neighborhood!
Terry Abrahams December 20, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Papa John's, Domino's, Starbucks - they're here - the difference?
Jennifer Logan-Porter December 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You have my agreement Terry, how is this much different?
Zaida December 20, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I would never put Starbucks in the same category as Family Dollar--ugh!
Sharon Short December 27, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I look forward to the Family Dollar Store's opening. I live 1 block from the store and it will be so convenient to just walk over and get what I need. As a Senior on a pension, I welcome the many discounted items I can purchase there. I am hoping they will keep their store clean and attractive so it will be an asset to the neighborhood. I also will continue to support our many wonderful local shops. The items I buy most at Family Dollar ( paper towels,detergent,T- paper,stationary,etc),will in no way detract from the local shops! WELCOME FAMILY DOLLAR!
Chuck Stephens December 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Can you last few hold-outs take down your 'No Family Dolar' signs alreay? They are an eyesore. It's like the confederate flag- you lost, get over it.
Sharon Short January 18, 2013 at 06:38 AM
As I watch the new Family Dollar store take shape. I am pleased with the "look" of the freshly painted store. It is a great improvement over the previous unpainted,dirty building that was there. I do wish the Patch would correct their description of the placement of the Family Dollar. The address is correct but it is NOT between Cappy's and The Independant. It is North of The Independant at the NW corner of Florida and Wilder Avenues. I do plan to shop there.

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