Under Construction: Family Dollar takes shape in Jasper

Under Construction: Family Dollar takes shape in Jasper

June 8th, 2014 by Alex Green in Business Diary

Mills Steel Erection workers install insulation at the new Family Dollar store going up on Main Street.

Photo by Shawn Paik/Times Free Press.

Photo by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

Owner: Family Dollar.

Location: 4697 Main Street, Jasper, Tenn.

Architect: ESD Architecture and Interior Design, Charlotte, N.C.

Contractor: Blevins Construction Management Inc.

Size: 8,320 square feet.

Scope: This store includes upgrades Family Dollar officials are using to jazz up the appearance of its 8,000 stores nationwide. The new design calls for a stucco and brick facade, an expanded assortment of grocery items, home goods and clothing and a new merchandising layout. Grocery items now will be at the back of the store. Clothing and home goods will be at the front.

History: The Family Dollar franchise was started in Charlotte, N.C., in 1959. The small-box brand has expanded into 46 states and employs 50,000 people. Family Dollar stock began trading publicly in 1970. In 2011, the franchise did $8.5 billion in sales. Jasper's Family Dollar is currently a storefront in the Ingle's strip mall on Main Street. The new store will be only yards away from its current spot, on land once occupied by an old motel and a house. In March, the old motel and house were torn down, and the process of bringing in fill dirt was begun.

Timeline: The new store is expected to open before summer's end, possibly as soon as early July.

Contact: Family Dollar, 423-942-5003, 4785 Main St., Jasper, TN 37347.

-- Compiled by Alex Green who may be reached at agreen@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6480