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Two Charlotte Family Dollar stores will be converted into Dollar Generals

The store at 1437 E. Sugar Creek Rd. is one of two Family Dollars that will be converted into a Dollar General. The other is at 5300 South Blvd.
The store at 1437 E. Sugar Creek Rd. is one of two Family Dollars that will be converted into a Dollar General. The other is at 5300 South Blvd. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Dollar General, which bought a Charlotte-based chain of former Family Dollar stores earlier this year, is converting the stores into Dollar Generals.

Two Charlotte locations are being re-bannered: 5300 South Blvd. and 1437 E. Sugar Creek Road, according to a statement Thursday from Dollar General. The company said that once renovated and converted, the stores will have a fresh layout and expanded product offerings.

Dollar General’s re-bannering announcement, which was expected, is the latest piece in a dollar-store drama that has persisted for nearly three years.

The stores that will be re-done are among the roughly 330 that Dollar General bought this year from Sycamore Partners, the private equity firm that was in the process of developing the stores into a new concept called Dollar Express, which had established its headquarters in Charlotte. Virginia-based Dollar Tree had sold the stores to Sycamore in 2015 to address anti-trust concerns as part of its July 2014 agreement to acquire Matthews-based Family Dollar.

Earlier this month, Dollar Tree and Dollar Express filed lawsuits against each other, each claiming that the other took various steps to cheat the other.

Each former Family Dollar store that Dollar General is re-bannering will employ between six to 10 people, the company said. Those interested in employment can visit www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

The stores are expected to re-open by the end of 2017, Dollar General said.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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