The East Side of Sedalia has lost one of its stores that I have enjoyed going to, especially for finding Christmas and occasional gifts in Family Dollar, at 612 South Hancock. In the last few weeks, there were signs saying that the business was going to close and today (July 12), when I stopped in at Wood's, I noticed that all that was left was the sign at the top of the building and one on the door, saying it is closed.

This was the result of a company announcement in April that said they were hoping to expand, but decided they needed to reduce the workforce, after seeing fewer in-store customer transactions. The Sedalia store and 369 other stores were also announced to close nationwide, due to profit being down, compared to last year. Recent news indicated that Family Dollar still continues to struggle nationwide at this time.