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Variance granted; Construction begins soon

The Paris Planning and Zoning Commission granted Family Dollar a variance at a meeting last week that clears the way for construction of an 8,320-square-foot store in Paris on East Walnut Street. Construction is expected to begin later this month or in early September.

The variance allows the store to have fewer parking spaces for a store its size than is required under current building codes. The vote to grant the variance was unanimous.

According to code, a store with 8,320 square feet of retail space has to have 55 parking spaces. However, the lot on which the store will be built can’t accommodate 55 parking spaces. Ricky Hill of Satterfield Land Surveyors, who represented Family Dollar at the meeting, said the company plans to build 29 parking spaces.

Family Dollar will build next to the recently-opened O’Rielly’s Auto Parts store.

Kevin Keller of Team Development, a company that builds stores for Family Dollar, said earlier this year that stores typically open 90 days after construction begins.

The store, which will cost an estimated $600,000 to build, will employ four to six people full time and there will be some part time jobs involved, Keller said. Keller added that local subcontractors will be employed in the construction.

Keller said the company is building a store in Paris because it’s a good fit.

“The way the economy is today, we feel Paris will be a great neighbor for our services,” Keller said.

Family Dollar was founded in 1959 in Charlotte, N.C. The company’s headquarters is in Matthews, N.C. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is a component of the Standard and Poors 500. In fiscal 2011, the company reported sales of $8.5 billion and earnings of $388 million. The company operates nine distribution centers and announced in October that it plans to open 500 stores this year.

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