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Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar stores

Posted July 29, 2014

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Dollar Tree announced on Monday that they are buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion. The combined company will have more than 13,000 stores in the United States and Canada.  Because of larger buying power, the merger could create cost savings of $300 million. It could also set them up to compete more successfully with Dollar General.

What will this mean for shoppers of both chains?

According to, you probably won't notice much of a change.  The stores will continue to operate under their current names using the same price-point formats. 

Do you shop either of these stores? What do you think about the merger?


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  • quemaster Jul 29, 2014

    Obviously we should see some changes. I can't imagine DT spending the money for something they don't plan to change. FD has been struggling with its identity and DT can and should help improve this. Also, looking for ways to improve purchasing power can and should lower prices. BTW...I like DT for "one time items" that I need for projects. Cheap and easy to find and I don't mind if they don't last beyond the project.

  • teecee Jul 29, 2014

    I do shop at Family Dollar , Dollar General & Dollar Tree - especially when DG & FD have coupons either in the mail, on line or on the bottom of the receipt .
    I get greeting cards at all 3 ( coupons can be found at FD & DG occasionally for B2G1 ) .
    Dollar Tree batteries last just as long as the big named ones .
    BOth FD & DT run good deals on 2 liter sodas frequently , I get my "barn cats" canned cat food at FD & DG ( local Walmart ha extremely limited selection of canned can food; grocery stores are too high )
    As long as the stores stay open we have more choices.
    Less choices means higher prices .

  • nakabi Jul 29, 2014

    Just like luvstoq, I don't shop at FD, but do buy my cards at the DT. Also have bought 4 pregnancy tests there which worked just as well as the $6 ones at WM or Target lol.

  • luvstoQ Jul 29, 2014

    Never have shopped Family Dollar, but do occasionally go to Dollar Tree - mostly for greeting cards, or some household incidental.

    Can't see the merger affecting me at all.