35 Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Stores to Close Across Ohio, Impacting 265 Employees

Family Dollar and Dollar Tree to close 35 stores in Ohio, leaving some communities in food deserts with limited access to essentials, impacting 265 employees.

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35 Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Stores to Close Across Ohio, Impacting 265 Employees

35 Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Stores to Close Across Ohio, Impacting 265 Employees

Family Dollar and Dollar Tree announced they will close 35 stores across Ohio by April 20, including four locations in the Miami Valley. The closures will impact around 265 employees and leave some communities, such as Dayton's James H McGee neighborhood, in a food desert with limited access to essentials.

The company provided the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with a letter on March 13, stating their intention to close these stores. The list of closing stores was provided in an updated WARN notice sent by Family Dollar. This is part of a larger plan by Dollar Tree, the parent company of Family Dollar, to close about 1,000 stores over the next several years, including 600 Family Dollar stores in the first half of 2024.

The closures in the Miami Valley include three stores in Butler County - two in Middletown and one in New Miami. Ohio is home to over 400 Family Dollar stores, and the closures are part of a larger trend of dollar store consolidation.

Why this matters: The closures will leave some communities, such as Dayton's James H McGee neighborhood, in a food desert with limited access to essentials. While dollar stores can contribute to food deserts by pushing out grocery stores, their closures will also negatively impact food security in affected communities in the short-term, requiring a collective response to ensure affordable access to wholesome foods.

Donald Domineck, the Dayton Black Panther Party chairman, said the closure of the Family Dollar on James H McGee has a major impact on the community, which is already a depressed area. "That Family Dollar is the only thing this community has had for the last 10 years," Domineck said.

The closures are expected to impact around 265 employees across the 35 stores in Ohio. Family Dollar and Dollar Tree have announced plans to close about 1,000 stores under their brands over the next several years as part of a larger consolidation effort. The closures in Ohio, particularly in the Miami Valley, will leave some communities facing food deserts and limited access to affordable essentials.

Key Takeaways

  • Family Dollar and Dollar Tree to close 35 stores in Ohio by April 20.
  • Closures will impact 265 employees and leave some communities in food deserts.
  • Part of a larger plan to close 1,000 stores over several years, including 600 Family Dollar stores.
  • Closures in the Miami Valley include 3 stores in Butler County.
  • Closures will negatively impact food security in affected communities.