Family Dollar coming soon to Bonifay

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

BONIFAY — Training Manager Jeff Brewer with Family Dollar Distributions Inc. was able to confirm that the mysterious outlet that the City of Bonifay approved zoning for will be a Family Dollar store during the Kiwanis Club of Bonifay’s May 8 meeting.

The new store coming to Bonifay is going to be located next to the Tom Thumb on State Road 79 near Memorial Park and has a tentative date to start construction in February of 2014.

“Once they get started they usually only take two to three months to finish and that’s from when they first start clearing to when the first register is opened for business,” said Brewer. “We got most of our customers in 2008 and we’re pushing to keep them. It’s been a challenge and it’s becoming more and more challenging but we’re determined to stay competitive.”

“We market for more urban areas generally,” said Brewer. “What we market is convenience. When you’re on your way home and don’t want to go all the way to Wal-Mart for milk we offer convenience.”

Brewer explained that both Family Dollar and the Dollar General experienced a “boom in business” due to the fall of the economy in 2008.

“It was revolutionary for dollar stores at that time because when the economy went down those who would usually go to Target and higher end stores couldn’t afford those expenses any more and the increase in business at the dollar stores skyrocketed,” said Brewer. “We still have a really big push at the moment for dollar stores. We just opened our eleventh distribution center in Utah, we’ve got over 7,788 stores in 48 states in the United States and a distribution center in Marianna.”

He explained that the Marianna distribution center is 9,700 square feet in size and operates with 90 forklifts, three shifts, and 400 people working 24 hours a day from Sunday evening to Friday evening every week.

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