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Dollar Tree taking over former Rite Aid site in downtown Steubenville

According to city officials, Dollar Tree was issued a building permit for the site this week. The company is putting more than $200,000 into the building before it opens to the public.

A new business is coming to downtown Steubenville.

There was a lot of pushback when the downtown Rite Aid located on 5th street closed its doors.

Now, Dollar Tree is taking over that real estate.

According to city officials, Dollar Tree was issued a building permit for the site this week. The company is putting more than $200,000 into the building before it opens to the public.

After Walgreens took ownership of Rite Aid earlier this year, it was announced the downtown pharmacy and store would close.

City leaders and the 5,000 residents who live and work in downtown were disappointed with the loss.

Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla says Dollar Tree will be beneficial.

“It's very necessary that we have a place that people can pick up things at a reasonable price that are necessary for daily living,” he said, “and I think Dollar Tree will satisfy that.

“The nice thing about it is that they have made a commitment to our downtown community, which means there's a positive image still coming out, and that's the important thing.”

While the Dollar Tree will be extremely beneficial for the community, Barilla says he still hopes a grocery store or pharmacy will end up downtown.

The Dollar Tree is expected to be open by the end of January.

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