Family Dollar, a discount "dollar store" chain, was formed in 1959, when it opened its first outlet in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over 40 years later, Family Dollar is still headquartered in Charlotte, but has at least 6,785 stores in 44 states with over 50,000 employees.
Critics of Family Dollar and other dollar stores say they exploit store employees by calling them "managers" (even though they do not oversee other employees) to avoid laws requiring paid overtime.
Family Dollar ranks No. 305 in the U.S. Fortune 500.