Construction of a new Family Dollar Store at 408 E. Second St. in Calexico is underway and getting ready to give shoppers a new option downtown.
Pedestrians walking on Second Street in Calexico have seen the construction of a new façade where many years ago the Stationers store was located. At the front of the building the words “Family Dollar” have been installed letting shoppers know what is coming.
An opening date has not been announced.
With the recent closures of several businesses in downtown, including major retailer J.C. Penney, Family Dollar brings hope of increased commerce and job creation.
“Our customers can rely on Family Dollar for everyday low prices on household products, food, beauty and essentials, seasonal merchandise, apparel and much more,” said Heather Briganti, public relations and community relations manager for the firm. “We are very excited to be coming to, and serving customers in, the Calexico community,”
The store will open later this summer and will have between six and 10 associates on staff, Briganti said. She added Family Dollar chose the location using local market demographics. The company has been in business for more than 50 years and partners with local organizations to help community projects.
Miguel Figueroa, Calexico economic development director, said Family Dollar has been on the radar of the city for some time, seeking a place that fit its store requirements.
“Family Dollar had been inquiring about securing a location in downtown and it’s part of what we are looking at in terms of bringing in business,” he said. “We thank them for coming and we welcome their investment,”
Figueroa said Family Dollar is part of the overall concept and vision city administration has for downtown. He added since Calexico doesn’t have the funding to do improvements to downtown, it is seeking competitive funds to improve the downtown area and attract more investment.
“Property owners need to be in sync with city hall to make sure all this can become a reality. There is a very aggressive approach that we are taking in terms of securing funding opportunities that will enhance downtown,” he said.