Dol­lar Tree opens in Ris­ing Sun

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Less than two weeks af­ter the rib­bon cut­ting that of­fi­cially re-opened Big­foot’s Steaks and Hoa­gies, there was an­other rib­bon cut­ting in town.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Dol­lar Tree held its cer­e­mony, an­nounc­ing the start of busi­ness in the Ris­ing Sun Towne Cen­ter. Lo­cated in the former Fam­ily Dol­lar store, Dol­lar Tree has 7,200 square feet of space sell­ing food, snacks, gifts, house­wares, tools, sea­sonal items, school sup­plies and more.

“We call it our Four Foun­da­tions,” said Dol­lar Tree spokesperson Shel­ley Davis. Those foun­da­tions are sea­sonal, health and beauty, party and food.

It also has a wall of re­frig­er­a­tor and freezer cases.

Em­ploy­ees spent Thurs­day morn­ing putting the

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fin­ishes touches on set up, check­ing to see that shelves were neat and stocked.

On Aug. 7, Big­foot’s held its re-open­ing, 14 months to the day af­ter an elec­tri­cal fire de­stroyed the West Main Street res­tau­rant. Calvin Bo­nen­berger, town ad­min­is­tra­tor, told the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers re­cently that since the town fi­nally has its wa­ter and sewer is­sues re­solved, Ris­ing Sun is get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion from de­vel­op­ers in­ter­ested in build­ing there.

Dol­lar Tree bought Fam­ily Dol­lar stores a year ago and be­gan the con­ver­sion process. Ris­ing Sun had the only Fam­ily Dol­lar in Ce­cil County.

“We con­verted to Dol­lar Tree in cer­tain mar­kets to meet our cus­tomer’s needs bet­ter,” Davis said Thurs­day. That con­ver­sion also in­cluded re­vert­ing what was Dol­lar Deals in the Big Elk Mall in Elk­ton back to a Dol­lar Tree.

Ac­cord­ing to Davis, the av­er­age Dol­lar Tree cus­tomer is a mar­ried wo­man with chil­dren.

“But we also have pock­ets of cus­tomers shop­ping on a bud­get, col­lege stu­dents and re­tirees,” she said.

Mo­ments af­ter the store opened, the park­ing lot filled and shop­pers came in­side in­clud­ing Rita Funk and Gail Rosenberg.

“I love it,” said Rosenberg, from Colora, adding she is happy to have a store closer to home.

Say­ing she reg­u­larly pur­chases such items as paper tow­els, dog toys and dog treats, on Thurs­day Funk was shop­ping for items to de­tail her car.

“I use to shop at lot at the store in North East,” the Ris­ing Sun wo­man said. “This one is right around the cor­ner.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Aaron Gran­tham from Ris­ing Sun emp­ties an­other box of toys dur­ing the set up of the Dol­lar Tree in Ris­ing Sun Towne Cen­ter Thurs­day. The store was set to open later in the day.

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