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Family Dollar store being built Opportunities: New store means more shopping, jobs in Southmost.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2002 12:00 am

By Angeles Negrete

The Brownsville Herald

Southmost has become Brownsvilles new frontier for economic opportunities

with national and local stores and restaurants setting up shop in the growing

neighborhood.

Next to join the line up is Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a discount store chain

that has announced it will open a new store there next month.

We expect to open this new store in the Southmost area in August after almost

four months of construction, said Florence Stanley, a Family Dollar

spokeswoman in North Carolina.

The new store will be located at Southmost Road and La Villita near to Cromack

Elementary School.

The Southmost store is a $200,000 facility that ranges in size from 7,000 to

8,600 square feet, Stanley said. The relatively small store size would

permits us to open several new stores in the Valley.

Stanley said that the company decided last year to open the new store in the

Southmost area because we know that the area itself has almost 55,000 people,

that means new customers there seeking low prices, first quality and basic

merchandise.

According to Stanley, the company will hire new employees two weeks before the

grand opening in August. We expect to create almost 20 new jobs for every new

branch, she said.

Family Dollar operates more than 4,200 stores in a 39-state area ranging

northeast to Maine, southeast to Florida, as far northwest as South Dakota and

southwest to Arizona.

Stanley added that the company would add four stores to the 20 they already

have in the Valley.

We really enjoy this market, and for the next two months the company will

open stores in Brownsville Los Fresnos and Mission, targeted to open on July

25.

New job opportunities are good news for the city and Southmost area residents.

I dont have a job right now and maybe this is my opportunity, said Lynda

Ramirez. This is a big store and maybe they will offer benefits. That will be

very good.

Ramirez added, its very good that important stores like this open in this

area because that means the area is growing and important stores will also

help the Brownsville economy.

For more information about employment opportunities at Family Dollar, call

(704) 847-6961.

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