Dollar Tree opens in Rising Sun
— 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
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.”
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.