AP NEWS

Hooversville Family Dollar closing

April 11, 2019

Hooversville’s Family Dollar store will be closing soon.

Officials at Family Dollar could not be reached for comment after repeated attempts. In March, Dollar Tree, the owner of Family Dollar, announced in a press release that it would close as many as 390 underperforming stores in 2019 without rent concessions from landlords.

The company closed 84 Family Dollar stores in the fourth quarter of 2018 and plans to rebrand approximately 200 Family Dollar stores as Dollar Tree stores in 2019, according to the release.

Hooversville Borough Council members said they were shocked to see a “Store closing” banner hanging outside after the store opened just six years ago.

“It’s terrible to have that new building empty,” council member Paul Gaudlip said.

The 8,000-square-foot store along Route 403 had as many as 10 employees, according to a 2013 article from the Daily American.

“It was a shock to me,” Gaudlip said. “It was definitely a valuable asset to the community. I hope someone puts something there.”

Council President Ken Karashowsky said that the Family Dollar was a nice addition to Hooversville, but there are other places to shop in the small borough.

“It was nice, but it is what it is,” he said. “We have other grocery stores.”

Smith Realty sold the 2.3-acre property to Cotteta Property Management for $1.03 million in January, according to Somerset County real estate records.

A petition has been started on Change.org to save the store. The petition had more than 800 signatures as of Wednesday evening.