Discount store to break Dells ground soon
Family Dollar: Dell Rapids a good fit for store operations
January 29. 2013 2:49PM
Dell Rapids is getting a new dollar-discount store.
The North Caroline-based Family Dollar will break ground on a 8,000 square foot facility at 301 W. 4th St. by mid-February. The property, previously owned by Lamb Properties and the owners of the Dell Rapids Event Center, was sold to A and T Properties in late September 2012. Family Dollar will own the building but lease the lot from A and T Properties.
Using local demographics, population density, economy and other indicators, Family Dollar’s Public Relations Director Bryn Winburn said the company was able to determine the odds of being successful in Dell Rapids were in the chain’s favor.
“Our real estate team uses a sophisticated modeling software to determine what communities would be well served by Family Dollar,” she said. “It seems that Dell Rapids is a great location for us.”
Customers at the chain will see a variety of products offered at discount prices, including auto and hardware, baby care, clothing, food, health and beauty, home decor and pet items among others.
“We encompass quite a bit,” Winburn said.
Family Dollar’s Dell Rapids location, which will hire eight to 10 employees, is slated to open in the second half of 2013.
“We work to hire from within the community,” Winburn said, adding that the positions will be a blend of full-time and part-time slots.
Signing a 10-year lease agreement with the landowners, Family Dollar has been eyeing Dell Rapids for years, said Tom Peters, an A and T Properties partner.
“We’ve been working on this for five years,” he said.
Peters said Family Dollar wanted to build on the lot where the new fire station sits now, but logistic made closing the deal something that wasn’t feasible at the time.
“We just kept pursuing and pursuing and we were able to get Family Dollar to commit and move forward with this project,” he said.
For the Dell Rapids Event Center ownership, the parking lot to the east of the facility wasn’t serving a profitable role, said Wayne Mortrude, one of three partners in Lamb Properties.
Mortrude said the event center, holding annual street dances, hasn’t used the east lot since the first year’s street dance. Now, with added parking to the west, it became apparent to Lamb Properties that it was more sensible to sell the east lot rather than let it sit empty, he said.