Family Dollar store developers planning open house

Developers hoping to construct a Family Dollar store in Mancos are inviting residents to come see their plans.

Representatives from T&N Properties are scheduled to host the open house at the Mancos Schools Performance Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.

"The developers plan to share information on a potential Family Dollar store to be located in town," said Mancos Town Administrator Andrea Phillips.

In addition to answering questions from residents, Phillips said the developers are also slated to present site plans and artist renderings of the proposed business. Based in Utah, T&N Properties is a regional developer for Family Dollar.

Before any construction, developers must obtain access approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Phillips said that approval process is pending.

In April, Mancos residents expressed concerns of allowing a chain store to invade their town, prompting town officials to place a six-month moratorium on commercial businesses more than 5,000 square feet.

At the previous public meeting, opponents of the business worried that a discount retailer and national chain like Family Dollar would dilute both Mancos' support for local businesses and its cherished Western theme.

"Some residents have expressed concerns, and they want to ensure the town maintains its western rural character," Phillips said.

Proponents of the business argue the town needs a place to purchase basic necessities, which would generate more revenues for town coffers.

The proposed site for the business is at the northwest intersection of U.S. highways 160 and 184.

Family Dollar has more than 7,000 locations in 44 U.S. states. Last year, Family Dollar ranked 301st on the Fortune 500 list.