FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Dollar Tree is closing nearly 400 Family Dollar stores this year and rebranding hundreds more under the Dollar Tree name.
There are currently 9 Family Dollar stores in Fort Wayne and 7 Dollar Trees. Right now, it is unknown if any or all of the Family Dollar stores here in Fort Wayne will will be closed or abandoned, but there is some concern.
"If they don't let us keep our jobs that means I'll be out of a job. I hope that if they do phase into that, that they still let us keep our jobs," said Candy Hatton, an employee of Family Dollar.
Hatton says although she hasn't heard anything yet, she wonders if she'll be out of a job in the coming months or years.
"It does concern me because this is my only income and I'm the sole income in my family."
One customer who spoke to us off camera said she prefers shopping at Family Dollar rather than the dollar tree.
"A lot of people say that. They say for instance that our store is clean and their store is not and you can't get through their aisles and it's cluttered and everything."
So far, Dollar Tree has closed 84 Family Dollar stores and says it will renovate at least 1,000 stores this year. Dollar Tree CEO Gary Philbin said in a news release Wednesday that, "We are confident we are taking the appropriate steps to reposition our Family Dollar brand."
Hatton added, "I'm in my 50's. It's not easy to go out and get another job, because they don't want to hire people in their 50s and 60s."
The company had 15,237 stores in 48 states.
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