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Family Dollar closes for extended period in downtown Charleston amid building repairs

Family Dollar Meeting St.

A sign on the window of Family Dollar on Meeting Street in Charleston says it is temporarily closed for repairs. The front door is boarded up, but everything remains in the store. Warren L. Wise/Staff

A discount store in a rapidly changing part of the Charleston peninsula abruptly closed in early October, but the company said Monday it's not permanent.

Family Dollar at 478 Meeting St. shut its doors last month amid unconfirmed reports of not enough help and restocking issues.

All of the merchandise remains in the store, but the front door is boarded up and a sign in the window says it hopes to reopen.

"We are temporarily closed due to our building getting repairs," the undated window sign reads. "We are trying our best to open back up sometime this week or next week. We do apologize for the short notice and inconvenience."

A company spokeswoman said late Monday the store intends to welcome customers again soon.

"We closed our store to address property maintenance issues," said Kayleigh Painter, spokeswoman for Family Dollar's parent company, Virginia-based Dollar Tree. "We are working with contractors and plan to reopen once the issues are resolved."

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On Monday there was no activity in the store and no service vehicles at the corner store at Meeting and Line streets. The store sits amid an area of the peninsula undergoing massive change, with new apartment buildings rising and new businesses moving in.

Charleston City Councilman James Lewis said he hopes the company keeps the store open because closing it would hurt residents in the nearby East Side community, who often rely on it since Bi-Lo supermarket closed a block away on Meeting Street in 2016.

"A lot of people depend on that store," he said. "It's near one of the busiest bus stops in Charleston County. People will be devastated if it closes for good."

The landlord did not immediately respond for comment.

Family Dollar operates another location on the peninsula near a Food Lion-anchored shopping center at 1015 King St.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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