Family Dollar to close about 370 stores, none in Big Country

Family Dollar stores in region are profitable, district manager says

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) - Family Dollar says it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. It says it will also cut prices on about 1,000 basic items.

However, none of the 17 Family Dollar stores in the region that includes Abilene, Brownwood and Stephenville will be closing, said Manny Hoffman, the chain's district manager.

"All of our stores are making money," Hoffman said, noting the company is basing closures on profitability.

In fact, Hoffman said, the region is doing so well that new stores are going to open in Rising Star and Gorman.

The announcement came as Family Dollar reported its profit and revenue declined in the second quarter as it dealt with bad winter weather.

The discounter said the store closings and job cuts should lower annual operating expenses by $40 million to $45 million, starting with the fiscal third quarter. Family Dollar Stores Inc. currently has more than 8,100 stores in 46 states.

The Matthews, N.C., company says it will also slow new store openings beginning in fiscal 2015 to bolster its return on investment.

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