Business growth ahead: Dollar Tree, Shoe Dept. both undergoing expansion

Published 3:57 pm Monday, January 30, 2023

Dollar Tree in Brookhaven is expanding.

But the popular retail business has closed its doors to do so.

When the registers rang up the final sale Friday around 9 p.m., it was the last sale to be made until the store reopens in approximately three months.

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On Saturday, products began to be removed and relocated. Monday, electric saws could be heard across the parking lots of Walmart and other neighboring stores as contractors cut boards and plywood.

The former Rue 21 store between Dollar Tree and The Shoe Dept. has been divided by a new wall, with sheetrock mud drying on gypsum boards. According to an employee of one of the stores, who was not authorized to speak by their employer, half of that space will become new area for the dollar store and the other for the shoe store.

The Dollar Tree company — which took its name from its original sales plan of selling items for $1 each or less — has now become more of a general store, offering items at multiple price points. The remodel and expansion is expected to be complete and the store reopened in April, an employee said.

Shoe Dept. manager Regina Craft confirmed that the store would be expanding, but referred further questions to corporate media relations.

Attempts to speak with regional or corporate management have been unsuccessful so far.