By CAROLINE MURRAY
FORT PLAIN -- The local Family Dollar lives on -- despite rival Dollar Tree's recent announcement that it plans to buy the discount store.
Mayor Guy Barton said he spoke with Family Dollar representatives Monday and the store, located at the Old Fort Plain Plaza, is expected to reopen after Aug. 16.
Barton said the Family Dollar is looking to hire 21 local workers for both part-time and full-time work. Applications are available at familydollar.com under the section "temporary employment," and will be accepted until Aug. 28.
"It's great for our area," Barton said.
The Dollar Tree announced Monday it is buying the Family Dollar for $8.5 billion.
Barton said the Dollar Tree's latest acquisition will have no impact on the local store's status.
According to reports, the deal will transform the Dollar Tree into the biggest discount store among its competition, with 13,000 combined locations. The Dollar General Corp. currently has 11,300 stores.
Bryn Winburn, a spokeswoman from Family Dollar, said both companies will continue to run business as usual until the transaction is complete.
Winburn said they are expected to close the deal early in 2015.
"Everything is status quo until further notice," Winburn said.
Barton said he has been in contact with store's main office every day.
Employees are expected to re-enter the Family Dollar Aug. 16. and the goal is to restock the store, arrange shelving units, and bring in merchandise.
The business should reopen soon after this is complete, Barton said.
Work to repair the 7,000-square-foot store began early this year, after plaza owner John Hart hired a contracting company to renovate the twice-flooded unit.
The company installed all new wall board, ceiling tiles and electrical wiring.
The discount store was rumored to open this past February and each month leading up until now, but Barton said the delays are not a result of any major issues.
"The company is opening 600 stores this year, so you have to fall in line. It's all just natural delays," he said.
Joshua Thomas contributed
to this report