Family Dollar store under construction in Rock Hill near planned Walmart grocery store

adouglas@heraldonline.comApril 3, 2014 

Family Dollar is building a new store – its fifth in Rock Hill – on S.C. 5, across from Northwestern High School.

The discount store could open as soon as this summer, Family Dollar officials told The Herald this week. Rock Hill building permits show the company plans to open an 8,300-square-foot space, costing about $815,000.

Family Dollar’s site on S.C. 5 is near the area where Walmart intends to build one of its three planned Neighborhood Market stores – smaller spaces that focus on groceries – in the Rock Hill area.

Walmart wants to open a 42,000-square-foot market along with a gas station and drive-thru pharmacy. The company yet to begin a formal application process with the city to build.

City officials say Family Dollar’s plans will not need Planning Commission or City Council approvals because of the store’s smaller size and the fact that its site is already designated as commercial property.

Once open, the new Family Dollar will hire up to 10 people, said Cliff Cermak, spokesman for the company.

Founded in 1959 in Charlotte, Family Dollar opened its first store in South Carolina two years later. Family Dollar’s Lancaster County store, which opened in October, was No. 8,000 for the discounter.

“South Carolina has been a great state for us,” Cermak said.

Family Dollar did not disclose on Wednesday its anticipated investment in its newest Rock Hill store.

But, the new location will have “the latest and greatest that Family Dollar has to offer,” Cermak said.

The company recently expanded its merchandise to include nearly 350 new food items – something that could make the S.C. 5 Family Dollar a direct competitor for Walmart’s Neighborhood Market. The location also will be about 3 miles from a recently opened Dollar General located at the S.C. 5 (West Main Street) and Cherry Road.

Family Dollar’s goal, Cermak said, is to be a “one-stop shop” for its customers. Unlike some larger retailers, he said, the company has a smaller store format and can usually locate closer to the places where its customers work and live.

The new Family Dollar will be located directly across from Northwestern High School, between two traffic signals at Rawlinson Road and Meadowlark Drive. Walmart officials have previously said that its Neighborhood Market would take over the site of an existing shopping center called Rawlinson Road Plaza.

A Burger King restaurant there is expected to remain.

The development of the two stores are independent of one another, Rock Hill officials said.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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