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|Traded as||(NYSE: FDO)
S&P 500 Component
|Headquarters||Matthews, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Number of locations||7,100|
|Key people||Leon Levine, Founder
Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO
|Products||Food, clothing, housewares|
|Revenue||$8.5 billion (2011)|
|Operating income||$457.27 million (2009)|
|Net income||$291.27 million (2009)|
Family Dollar is a regional chain of variety stores in the United States. It opened in 1959 and operates approximately 7,100 stores in 45 states and the District of Columbia. It is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina.
Family Dollar is not a true "dollar store" in the strict sense; while there are many items available for $1, there are other price points as well. However, approximately 90% of the products cost less than $10. With most locations set up like a typical supermarket, the chain deals in food items, clothing and assorted household products.
Family Dollar was founded in 1959 by Leon Levine, a 21-year-old entrepreneur. In November of that year, the company's first store was opened, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1961, their first store in South Carolina opened, followed by stores in Georgia and Virginia, which were opened in 1962 and 1965, respectively. During the 1960s, the store company was largely a southern United States operation. By 1969, there were fifty stores in Charlotte alone.
The 1970s were growing years for the store chain. In 1970, Family Dollar's stock went public for the first time, at $14.50 per share. In 1971, the chain's 100th store opened, followed by their 200th in 1974 and their 300th in 1978. Also in 1974, a distribution center was opened in Matthews, North Carolina. In 1979, Family Dollar stock began trading at the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1981, the chain's 400th store was opened, followed by a 500th store in 1982 and a 700th in 1983. The 1980s saw expansion at a wider scale for the company, and, by 1989, 1,500 stores were operating.
The 1990s saw the pace of expansion slow down compared to the 1980s, with 1,000 stores opened. However, the company opened distribution centers in West Memphis, Arkansas; Front Royal, Virginia and Duncan, Oklahoma. Since 2000, the pace of growth has quickened significantly, with the addition of about 3,500 new stores, and new distribution centers opening in Morehead, Kentucky; Maquoketa, Iowa; Odessa, Texas; Marianna, Florida; and Rome, New York.
As of August 2011 there were 7,000 stores in 44 states. According to their website, in 2005 Family Dollar opened 500 new stores, 350 more in 2006, and an additional 300 in 2007.
Family Dollar operates nine distribution centers to keep product stock in their stores. These warehouses feature over 900,000 square feet (84,000 m2) of room and over nine miles (14 km) of conveyor, and employ around 400 people.
In 2011, the company planned to open 300 new stores. In March 2011, Family Dollar turned down a takeover offer by Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management LP that was reported between $55 to $60 a share.
On October 3, 2012, Family Dollar said they will open 500 stores in 2013 including St Thomas, Pennsylvania.
The next day, Family Dollar partnered with Healthways.
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