The new Dollar Tree store at Castleaird Shopping Centre in Castlegar had its official grand opening on Saturday morning, Aug. 17.
Dollar Tree store manager Randy Robertson, said they have actually been open a while after a “soft” opening about three weeks ago. He also confirmed that everything in the store is indeed priced at $1.25 or less.
“There are some differences in the way we merchandise our store,” said Robertson. “We have some brand name items and really want to create convenience in buying in Castlegar.”
Robertson said he has about 18 staff at present, all hired locally. There is a perception that the Dollar Tree store is an American chain but Dollar Tree Canada has a head office in Vancouver and two Canadian distribution centres.
Having an additional dollar-type operation will only improve the shopping experience for locals and increase the overall strength of the business community, said Robertson.
“When you do your research, you see that dollar stores are the only sector increasing in retail,” he said.
After spending 40 years in retail, he added that there is no place other than Castlegar he would rather be.
“I want to stay here,” he said. “This area is so great and we are really tied into the community.”
The large, easy to navigate store is loaded with products. Everything from food, health and beauty items, stationary, pet supplies, kitchenware, arts and crafts supplies, party items and much more is available.
Staff at the tills said that the store is already busy with back-to-school shoppers and expect that to only increase as September nears.
The store had snacks face painting, gifts and free toys for kids available during the grand opening.
Before the ribbon cutting ceremony, mayor Chernoff said small business is key to creating community and helps keep citizens shopping locally instead of heading elsewhere.