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Family Dollar to close Smithville store
Slow season causes closure of 370 locations company wide
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The Smithville Family Dollar branch will be a casualty of the retailer’s plans to close 370 stores and slow the pace of new store growth. It was recently announced that the local store, which has been in operation since 1986, will be closing due to declining sales and lower profits company wide for the second quarter of 2014. Company representatives said plans are to cut prices on many items in its stores in hopes of attracting more shoppers as well.Howard R. Levine, chairman and CEO of Family Dollar Inc., cited higher than expected promotional costs and low sales during the 2013 holiday season and severe winter weather for the dilemma.While the company did not release a list of locations it plans to close, officials said they were generally older stores with sales of about half of the average annual sales amount per store of $650,000.