Of the Keizertimes

The grand opening date for the new Dollar Tree in Keizer has been set.

Sara Auxier, who will be store manager, made the announcement this week.

“We are planning a grand opening on September 20,” Auxier told the Keizertimes. “We will probably do a soft opening around September 14 leading up to it.”

The store is located at 5014 River Road North, which had been a hardware store for decades, starting as a Coast to Coast in the 1970s and most recently was an Ace. Store owner Greg Frank closed the Ace back in January, citing costs associated with a potential new long-term lease and the sales history.

Mark Rose from Rosewood Park LLC out of Corvallis, the building owner, had predicted an early autumn opening when interviewed in May.

“We have to do a little bit of modification,” he told the Keizertimes at the time. “We’re putting in a new HVAC system and just put a new roof on.”

The location will be the first in Keizer for the Virginia-based retailer. The company has five locations in Salem. Dollar Tree opened its 4,000th store in 2010 and currently has more than 4,400 locations in the United States and Canada, according to the company website. The company was founded in 1986 as Only One Dollar.

Rose was looking forward to the Dollar Tree opening.

“I think they’re going to be a really good tenant,” he said in May. “We are excited about it.”

Signs of new life for the building have become evident in recent weeks. A large green Dollar Tree sign is up, while shopping carts and crates of merchandise can be seen through the windows.