New York City -- Family Dollar hasn’t faced much community opposition during an ambitious decade-long expansion program that has left the company with roughly 7,000 stores in 45 states. However, there is a first time for everything and residents in the North Carolina community of Carrboro are pushing back against the retailer’s efforts to open a new store.
According to a report in The Carrboro Citizen, which serves the community near Chapel Hill, residents are concerned about traffic, noise and safety -- and felt disrespected by a developer they said didn’t listen to their concerns. Those same types of complaints are normally associated with new store development efforts by Walmart, and to a lesser extent other big-box retailers. It sounds unusual to hear residents upset about a retailer’s plan to build a store that is less than 10,000 sq. ft.; especially considering Family Dollar is headquartered a little more than two hours away in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, and North Carolina is already home to nearly 400 of the company’s stores.
To read what has the residents of Carrboro upset, click here.