Midway to get boost in economy with new store


MIDWAY — The hamlet of Midway will get a much-welcomed shot in the economic arm with the addition of a new retail store.

On Tuesday, city officials and representatives of Family Dollar broke ground for a new store to be located here, at the intersection of Highway 21 and OSR.

Midway Mayor Tony Leago said the new store will be a blessing for the town of 230 east of Madisonville.

“We’ve been trying to get this for three years,” Leago said. “It’s a great day for the city of Midway. This will be a real asset to the community and the surrounding area.”

Leago said the store marks an increase in economic development by creating jobs for local people as well as increasing sales tax revenue.

Florencio “Smiley” Gonzales, district manager for Family Dollar, said the company’s mission is to serve smaller communities.

“(Midway) is a great location and we felt it would be fantastic for us,” Gonzales said.

The store will soon seek to hire about 22 people at all levels, including management and team members.

In all, it will take about two months to complete the building, as the company is looking to open before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gonzales said anyone interested in employment at the new store can contact him at (903) 221-7630.

“We’re excited for the opportunities this new facility will bring to Midway,” Leago said. “For years to come, the citizens of Midway will be able to ‘shop local’ and know that not only are they taking care of their homes and families, but their community as well.

According to familydollar.com, Family Dollar is based in North Carolina and offers a mix of name brands and private brand merchandise to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states.