I’ve received ads from the Family Dollar for quite some time. The ads were usually short and nothing ever really appealed to me. I’ve kept passing the outside of the store whenever I had to go somewhere, so one day I finally decided to go inside and see what it was all about. I didn’t visit because of any of the advertising since most of the products I usually buy from elsewhere.
First thing that I noticed was the check out. I had to look again, since there was no one there. I knew the store was opened since it was early evening and I went in during the normal operating hours of the store. The store itself was small and you can easily walk through the whole thing in a matter of minutes. The other thing I noticed was the Greeting card section which was right in the front of the store. Greeting cards usually sell well and are sold at most dollar stores. Supposedly you can get a good deal on them. I didn’t need any Greeting cards so I continued to walk on. I noticed empty shelves. I wondered why no one bothered to restock or did it just take a really long time to restock the store? I saw three creepy generic fashion dolls near a whole bunch of empty space. I assume there were supposed to be some other toys in that section, but I didn’t see anything. I also noticed a small section for some really small clothing that no one could really fit in. I also noticed some socks and underwear being sold.
The store itself was fairly clean. I don’t know if it was because the employees cleaned the store or if there was hardly any traffic in this particular store. This store had just three cars in its small parking lot which probably belonged to the employees who worked at the store. I finally saw the two employees who were on shift in the back just talking to each other. There was a woman with short brown hair waiting at the check out for who knows how long for some kind of service. The employees were wearing red shirts and black pants. They also looked like they were still in high school.
Before leaving the store, I noticed a small display that sold “cell phones”. I’m not sure that I would trust any cell phones that were sold at any dollar store. Most of the merchandise in the store was generic. Even for generic items they were overpriced. The few name brand items that I did see were overpriced. You can find better deals at Target or Walmart.
I went online to a site that allows employees of anywhere to comment on their places of work. This site helps people who are thinking about applying to any company to do some research about whatever company that it is that they want to work for. I typed in Family Dollar and read most of the reviews that were posted. A lot of the reviews that were posted were really fresh written within a few weeks of the date that I did the search which was not too long ago. That gave me some insight into what it was like to work at the Family Dollar. I realized that the Family Dollar has lots of locations located in different areas and attracts all kinds of people. The reviews were a really interesting read. There were people who liked working there and there were other people who thought the job was really stressful. A lot of the cons mentioned that it is a lot of work for no benefits and little pay. That was fairly consistent of the cons that were written by the employees. A lot of the workers who worked at the Family Dollar made little more than minimum wage. It seems that when they got enough experience working for the Family Dollar, they applied and tried to get work somewhere else.
After leaving the store, I wondered why would anyone bother buying anything from the Family Dollar? The prices really were not that great. Most of the stuff in the store was generic and of questionable quality. Then I remembered that someone had mentioned that the low income housing was located practically next to the Family Dollar. It was a real easy walk to the low-income housing to the store itself.
I don’t like dollar stores since they usually have low quality goods and pay little more than minimum wage. It was an interesting experience though to see what a dollar store actually looked like and seeing the people that were actually employed there.