Family Dollar comes to site of old Brainerd Post Office

Family Dollar comes to site of old Brainerd Post Office

November 13th, 2011 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Luis Haros, left, and Armando Munoz prepare for the construction of a Family Dollar store in Brainerd at the intersection of Brainerd Road and Lovell Avenue. The store will be on the site of the former Brainerd post office.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

• Name: Family Dollar store in Brainerd

• Location: 5000 Brainerd Road

• Owner: F.D. Holdings, owned by the McGauley family

• Former use: The site at Brainerd Road and Lovell Avenue was leased to the U.S. Postal Service for one of its Brainerd offices for the past half century. Part of the block also once housed a Pizza Hut restaurant before it burned. The McGauley family tore down the old Post Office building earlier this fall.

• New building: A new 8,000-square-foot Family Dollar store is being built on the site, along with customer parking and sidewalks on the one-acre site. "We think this is an ideal site, which will be accessible for both cars and pedestrian use," said Mike McGauley, president of Fidelity Trust Co. "This store will serve a real need in the community, almost like a neighborhood market."

• Status: The Family Dollar is expected to open in early 2012. Family Dollar has signed a 10-year lease for the site.

• Cost: The new building, parking and other development will cost about $750,000 to construct, McGauley said.

• Builder: Berry Construction Co., which has built Family Dollar stores in 37 states.