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Retailer closing stores

April 5, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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The discount retailer Family Dollar was founded in 1959. Photo via wikimedia.org

A discount retail chain is shuttering six stores in the region.

Statewide, 24 Family Dollar stores will close, according to Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN, notices filed with the state.

The stores are expected to be closed on or around June 30, according to the filings.

The Michigan store closings will affect 186 employees, including 33 in West Michigan.

West Michigan closings

  • 1540 28th St. SW, Wyoming
  • 4451 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids
  • 1625 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids
  • 5003 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage
  • 1006 S. Washington Ave., Holland
  • 1606 M-139, Benton Harbor

The Family Dollars are operated by North Carolina-based Dollar Express, which was recently acquired by Tennessee-based Dollar General, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

Dollar Express has 330 stores in 36 states and was owned by private equity firm Sycamore Partners since it acquired the company in 2015, according to The Charlotte Observer. Dollar General also attempted to purchase the Family Dollar chain in 2014, the Observer reports.

More than 2,700 jobs could be cut as a result of the sale, according to the Observer.

Earlier this year, Dollar General announced it plans to open 1,000 new stores and create 10,000 jobs across the U.S., the Observer reports.

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