Family Dollar Stores, the US grocery retailer, opened 109 discount stores during the four-week period ended August 28, 2004, bringing its total to 5,466.

During the financial year ended August 28, the chain opened 500 stores and closed 61. It has said it plans to open about 500 to 560 stores and close 60 to 70 stores during its next financial year., according to media reports.

Family Dollar Stores run units in 44 states, ranging from Idaho in the Northwest, to Maine in the Northeast, Florida in the Southeast and Arizona in the Southwest.