Dollar Tree store coming to Belpre

To open at former Save-A-Lot site

A Dollar Tree is expected to open in late summer at 1820 Washington Blvd., Belpre, the former site of Save-A-Lot. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

BELPRE — A Dollar Tree is being planted in the former Belpre Save-A-Lot location.

A representative of the national chain of stores where every item costs $1 or less confirmed the company’s plans Monday afternoon.

“Dollar Tree continues to grow, and we are proud to be part of the Belpre community,” said Kayleigh M. Painter, Dollar Tree’s investor and media relations manager.

Dollar Tree’s merchandise includes seasonal decor, household products, party and craft supplies, dinnerware, food, teaching and school items, health and beauty products, toys, books and more.

The store is expected to open in late summer.

That would be about a year after the Save-A-Lot grocery store, a fixture in the community for four decades, closed its doors. Store owner Herman Richardson said changes in the franchise’s offerings after it came under new ownership were part of the decision to close the store, which employed 23 people.

The 1820 Washington Blvd. property was purchased by a Boardman, Ohio-based limited liability company in October.

Painter said the building has 10,000 square feet of space, and stores of that size typically employ between 12 and 20 people.

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Waller said the new jobs are a good way to start off 2019 for the city.

“That chain is consistent,” she said, referring to Dollar Tree’s tendency to stay in a community and keep its employees.

Waller said it’s also good that a familiar building in a busy area won’t stay empty for long.

“We certainly want any empty space to be filled with something the community needs, and they have been asking for more retail,” she said.

Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz said Dollar Tree’s arrival fits well with the recent opening of the Perfeet Comfort shoe store farther up Washington Boulevard and other shops in the area.

“It’s about time we had a downtown again,” Lorentz said. “It’s just going to be an addition to the city where we can shop at home and stay home rather than go across the river and give someone else our tax dollars.”