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A huge discount retailer with 15,500 stores in small towns across the United States and five Canadian provinces, Family Dollar/Dollar Tree plans to open its new store in Choteau on August 11 if construction ends as planned and positions are filled.

Matt Goodsell of Great Falls, the district manager overseeing all Family Dollar and Family Dollar/Dollar Tree combination stores in Montana, said last week that the Choteau store, a Family Dollar/Dollar Tree combination store, will be the most recent from Montana for just a few weeks before the opening of the new Circle store.

According to the Family Dollar website, this discount retailer offers household cleaners, food, health and beauty products, toys, clothing, pet supplies, hardware, housewares, home clothes and seasonal products.

Goodsell said the Choteau store will be a multi-price store, with prices as low as $1 rising from there to $20 or more and will carry all major brands of common household items.

The company, headquartered in Chesapeake, Va., has 31 stores across Montana, from Plentywood in the east to Thompson Falls in the west.

The Choteau store will carry all of Family Dollar’s regular products and approximately one-third of Dollar Tree’s regular products, including seasonal items, party supplies, stationery and cards, toys and household items.

“We kind of have it all, maybe not in the greatest variety. It’s kind of a one-stop shop where customers come and get what they need,” Goodsell said.

According to the Family Dollar website, entrepreneur Leon Levine founded the company in 1959, opening the first Family Dollar store in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Levine designed a cash-and-carry neighborhood self-service discount store that proved successful for the company. During the 2010s, Family Dollar merged with Dollar Tree, together becoming one of the largest small-format retailers in the United States. Family Dollar and Dollar Tree have over 15,500 locations.

Goodsell said the massive company’s size gives it great buying power, allowing it to buy goods and then resell them at prices comparable to Wal-Mart’s. The store in Choteau measures nearly 10,000 square feet and is a new “combination” model, featuring product lines from Family Dollar and Dollar Tree.

He said the Choteau store will allow local shoppers to get low prices on name-brand products without having to travel to Great Falls or wait for the courier to deliver products ordered over the Internet.

“I like to think it’s a positive impact,” Goodsell said of the store opening in Choteau. He has been with the company for 13 years and he says he often hears customers say they love having the company in their town.

He said he thinks new customers will be pleasantly surprised by the product lines on offer and will be glad they don’t have to travel to Great Falls to get comparable prices.

Construction of the new Choteau store began earlier this spring. Local landowners Jim and Barb Bouma sold the property at the southern edge of Choteau along U.S. Highway 89 to the company after the city’s Board of Adjustments changed the industrial zoning to highway. (The Boumas have no financial interest in the store.)

Work continues on the new Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store, which is tentatively scheduled to open in Choteau on August 11th. Staff are still being hired and installation of the store is expected to begin Aug. 4, according to Montana District Manager Matt Goodsell.

Goodsell said construction is nearing completion and new staff – who are yet to be hired – will begin setting up the store on August 2. 11. Goodsell said this date is tentative and subject to change.

Once the store is open, its regular business hours will be Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A grand opening will likely take place several weeks after the store’s soft opening.

Goodsell said on July 20 that he had not yet hired a manager for the Choteau store and that there were still vacancies for full-time and part-time “associates” who are trained to manage registers. , store goods, clean and provide customer service. “We’re a jack-of-all-trades, no matter the position,” Goodsell said, adding that depending on customer volume, he plans to hire 10 to 15 employees for the Choteau store.

He declined to give a starting salary, but said “in the current hiring environment, salary is negotiable.” Applications are available online at The company also offers a range of benefits for full-time employees, including health insurance, dental insurance and a 401K retirement plan. There are also benefits for part-time employees and a bonus plan for store managers.

Goodsell said local Family Dollar employees will be the face of the store. “We want to be a valued member of the community,” he said.

He said he was looking into the cost of joining the Choteau Chamber of Commerce, but wasn’t sure the company would.

Goodsell also said he wasn’t sure the company would allow the Choteau store to support local charities or benefits. Nationally, the society makes contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but there are few such clubs in rural Montana and there is not one in Choteau.

He said locals are urged to ask the company to support nonprofits such as the Old Trail Museum and Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary, community fundraisers such as the 4 July of Choteau and student benefit groups such as the Choteau Booster Club, but ultimately the local store manager. should obtain permission on a case-by-case basis from head office to make a contribution to a local cause.

Goodsell said the store will be supplied from the Family Dollar distribution center in St. George, Utah, and the Dollar Tree distribution center in Washington on a route that will serve stores in Helena, Choteau, Shelby and Cut Bank.

Goodsell said shoppers looking for advertisements for the store will not find flyers in their mailboxes or advertisements in the Choteau Acantha. The company only does online coupons.


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