Family Dollar store in Rumford closing


RUMFORD – Jamie Violette is accustomed to taking a quick break to cross the street from her downtown job to pick up a snack or household odds and ends at the Family Dollar store.

She’s not alone. Many people living or working in the so-called Rumford Island business district find it easy and convenient to pop in at the variety store for all kinds of things. But on Feb. 3, that luxury will end after nearly seven years in business.

Chuck Truesdell, district manager for the North Carolina-based retail chain, confirmed on Thursday that the store’s last day will be Feb. 3.

He said the lease runs out a few weeks after the closure date, but he declined to provide any other additional details on the reason for the store’s closure.

The action isn’t totally unexpected, though.

A new, larger Family Dollar store opened in the Mexico Plaza this past July at the former site of the Food City grocery store. At that time, Family Dollar spokespeople said they would keep the Rumford store open for at least a few more months.

Kathie Fuller, assistant manager at the Rumford store, has been an employee since the store opened.

“We slowed down for a while when the Mexico store opened, but then we picked back up,” she said. “A lot of people feel badly that we’re closing.”

The last truckload of merchandise was delivered to the store on Jan. 11. Once the store closes, most of the stock will be transported to the Mexico store. The rest will be returned to the central warehouse in North Carolina.

Fuller, along with three other full- or part-time employees at the Congress Street location, will be transferred to the Mexico store, said Truesdell.