Dollar Tree is set to open to the public on Thursday, March 30, followed by a grand opening two days later. For shoppers who have a hard time keeping the various dollar-discount stores straight, Dollar Tree’s trademarked slogan is “Everything’s $1!” PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

New Dollar Tree store set to open March 30



ELLSWORTH — Bargain shoppers, mark your calendars.

Dollar Tree will officially open the doors at its new Ellsworth location to customers on Thursday, March 30. The store is in the parking lot adjacent to Marden’s at 461 High St.

A grand opening is set for Saturday, April 1. A Dollar Tree employee on site March 16 said although he did not have specific details about the event in Ellsworth, grand openings at the company’s stores usually feature food and family-friendly activities.

The inside of the store has many large signs indicating what kind of dollar store it is: “Everything’s $1!”

The store will carry home goods, party supplies, health and beauty products, food and seasonal items — “Pretty much everything somebody could need,” the employee said.

The Dollar Tree website shows stores will be carrying lots of Easter merchandise, for example, from candy to decorations.

Ellsworth Investments, LLC, the business name of record for the Ellsworth Marden’s store, got final permission last summer from the city’s planning board to build the 9,000-square-foot building.

Marden’s initially sought and received permission for a similar project in 2012, though a tenant was not publicly identified at that time. It had to come back before the Planning Board last year because that earlier approval had lapsed.

In addition to its own stores, Dollar Tree is the parent company of Family Dollar after it bought Family Dollar in 2015. Family Dollar already operates a store in Ellsworth, between Renys and Shaw’s, but the new Dollar Tree seems unlikely to jeopardize that store’s future. Bangor, for example, has two of each store within the city limits.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]