Family Dollar (NYSE:_FDO) is a regional chain of variety stores in the United States. It opened in 1959 and operates approximately 7,100 stores in 45 states and the District of Columbia. It is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina. Family Dollar is not a true dollar store in the strict sense; while there are many items available for $1, there are other price points as well. However, approximately 90% of the products cost less than $10. With most locations set up like a typical supermarket, the chain deals in food items, clothing and assorted household products. Some, but not all, Family Dollar stores now accept credit cards, as well as debit cards and the cash benefit from EBT (food stamp) cards. Family Dollar was founded in 1959 by Leon Levine, a 21-year-old entrepreneur. In November of that year, the company's first store was opened, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1961, their first store in South Carolina opened, followed by stores in Georgia and Virginia, which were opened in 1962 and 1965, respectively. During the 1960s, the store company was largely a southern United States operation. By 1969, there were fifty stores in Charlotte alone. The 1970s were growing years for
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