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Family Dollar ribbon cutting

The Family Dollar Store, located in the old Harlan Daily Enterprise building next to Hardee’s, kicked off its grand opening on Saturday with a ribbon cutting and donation ceremony one week after the store’s official opening to the public.

The store, formerly located at Woodland Plaza, closed late last year in preparations for renovations to the new location. This Saturday’s ribbon cutting was originally scheduled to take place on Sept. 30. However, do to the building not being inspected on time the ceremony was moved to Saturday. While the building was inspected by fire officials on Sept. 30 and did open later that day, it was not open in time for the originally scheduled 10 a.m. ribbon cutting.

A donation check of $1,000 was presented to the Harlan Boys and Girls Club during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is the new official national donation charity of Family Dollar, and this is the first time the Harlan Boys and Girls Club has received the donation benefit. Regional and local store officials also had gift cards in the amount of $5 each on hand for all visiting customers on Saturday, as well as cupcake snacks.

According to a previous report, The Enterprise vacated the building in March, and an extensive remodeling of the structure was done with workers setting up shelving and stocking the store. Family Dollar Project Manager for Development Renea Holmes and her team prepared the store for the grand opening. Holmes said the store will likely maintain a staff of approximately seven people. However, many more including electricians, plumbers and other workers were involved in getting the store ready for business.