For Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar Stores, May could be one of the biggest months in the discount retailer's 56-year history. Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree has said it expects its $8.5 billion purchase of Family Dollar to close this month, capping a 10-month takeover drama. But the close has been delayed before, and neither company would comment this week. After Family Dollar shareholders approved the deal in January, the biggest remaining hurdle became regulatory approval from the Federal Trade Commission. 

Posted to: Business Retail and Consumer The Virginian-Pilot Apparently, the party is over for Occasions. The two stores in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake have closed after five years selling party supplies. Occasions was a trial concept for owner Dollar Tree, carrying products that cost more than a buck, unlike the national chain’s namesake stores. Dollar Tree officials declined to respond to questions last week about the closings. On occasion, the Chesapeake-based retailer, the nation’s largest chain selling everything for $1, tests new concepts in Hampton Roads with a limited number of stores. Occasions was the first of the different

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