Friday, January 4, 2013
The North Carolina-based chain will open another location soon in Seminole Heights.
In a few months, Seminole Heights will become home to another Family Dollar. The North Carolina-based chain will open its doors at 5100 N. Florida Avenue sometime in the first quarter of the year, according to Bryn Winburn, a Family Dollar spokeswoman. The store will be about 7,500 square feet, Winburn said. With residents, business owners and local leaders divided on whether Family Dollar should set up shop in a community known for its small businesses, we decided to ask readers a question. Do you plan to shop at Family Dollar when it opens? Take our poll or tell us in the comments.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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. Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
An offer from local business owners for the building at 5100 North Florida Ave. was turned down last week.
A partnership between the owners of The Independant and The Refinery to make an offer on the property at 5100 North Florida Avenue failed last week after real estate developers for Family Dollar rebuffed the offer. News of the rejection surfaced over the weekend in the Tampa Bay Times. According to owner of The Refinery, Greg Baker, the offer was in the range of $100 per square foot on the 8,000 square foot property, well over the value Family Dollar has offered to pay for the building. Family Dollar only recently purchased the building which is yet to be vacated by its current residents, Filters Plus/WSM Company. The developers for the Family Dollar store turned the offer from Baker and company down because, Baker says, the company …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Reporter Charles Billi estimated that around 100 people showed up during his broadcast in Seminole Heights.
WTSP reporter Charles Billi was the latest local reporter to file a story about the No Family Dollar movement in Seminole Heights. Upon hearing of the upcoming broadcast, members of the No Family Dollar Facebook page moblized quickly to organize a visual protest. Thursday evening, an event was posted on the page, inviting people to rally support during the 11 p.m. live broadcast. During the broadcast, you can clearly see the dozens of people who showed up with signs and chanted in the background. Billi references "at least one hundred residents and business owners in Seminole Heights." If you attended the event, add your photos to this article and share your thoughts in the comment section below. Read complete coverage of the Family …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Businesses near the proposed Family Dollar location at 5100 Florida Avenue are not happy about their new neighbors.
An issue is causing a stir within the Seminole Heights community surrounding a new Family Dollar location on Florida Avenue and some local business owners have made it clear which side of the divide they sit on. At a recent meeting was staged by the owners of The Refinery, other local business owners from Sherry's Yesterdaze, Cleanse Apothecary, The Independant and several other local shops. Shop owners met with members of the community and attempted to identify a plan to move toward stopping the retail chain. That meeting berthed a website and fueled a Facebook movement. It also became the subject of a recent Tampa Bay Times article, which painted a scene with racial overtones. "I was at that meeting and I'm disappointed with the article…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
According to the City of Tampa's Zoning laws, Family Dollar is entitled to open its new Florida Avenue location without a public hearing.
The No Family Dollar Seminole Heights movement has some members of the community looking for ways to fight the addition of a new Family Dollar store on Florida Avenue. The issue of the proposed store has stirred up emotion among some residents posting on Facebook, Seminole Heights Patch and other online websites. For the City of Tampa, the addition of Family Dollar is a fairly standard procedure. The location at 5100 North Florida Ave. is currently zoned as a Commercial Intensive property, making retail sales within the limits for which the property is zoned. Some communities, including Palm Harbor, have been able to fight Family Dollar's opening in their area during "change of use" hearings. In the case of Seminole Heights, however, …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Keep up with the latest developments, links and resources of this issue in Seminole Heights
The revitalization of Florida Avenue is one of most important issues to many residents of Seminole Heights. The prospect of discount store Family Dollar moving in has some residents and business owners upset. Seminole Heights Patch has compiled this list of links and info to help you stay up to date on the issue. As we report more info on the site, those links will be added. If you spot something you think we should add, let us know. Latest Seminole Heights Patch coverage: Other local news coverage: Family Dollar news from around the country: If you're looking to get involved in the 'No Family Dollar Movement,' Seminole Heights Patch has compliled the following info: Websites: Yard signs: You can pick up 'No Family Dollar' yard …
There are yard sign, a Facebook page and other resources for those who oppose Family Dollar in Seminole Heights.
The revitalization of Florida Avenue is an ongoing process and is close to the hearts of many Seminole Heights residents. Now, a corporate retail giant which appears to be moving into the neighborhood has those hearts racing with discontent. If you're looking to get involved in the 'No Family Dollar Movement,' Seminole Heights Patch has compliled the following info: Websites: Yard signs: You can pick up 'No Family Dollar' yard signs at the following local businesses, according to NoFamilyDollar.com: Do you know of other ways residents can get involved? Tell us in the comments and we'll be sure and add them to the article.
Friday, August 3, 2012
The Seminole Heights community faces a daunting question between character and convenience.
The revitalization of Florida Avenue is an ongoing process and is close to the hearts of many Seminole Heights residents. Now, a corporate retail giant which appears to be moving into the neighborhood has those hearts racing with discontent. Five hundred sixty four people thus far have liked the No Family Dollar Seminole Heights Facebook page and a website has been created solely for the purpose of educating and informing local residents on the progress of the fight to keep the chain "box store" out of a neighborhood many want to see continue its historic restoration. Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here. The …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Use this map to see where Family Dollar stores already exist around Seminole Heights
For more info, please check out our complete coverage of Family Dollar coming to Seminole Heights.