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