The Dollar Express stores, which still carry the Family Dollar moniker, will be rebranded to Dollar General.
Also closing are four Payless ShoeSource stores in Minnesota. The Observer reported that up to 2,700 employees nationwide could lose their job due to the merger.
Making matters more confusing, other Family Dollar stores continue to operate in the midstate region under the original brand, apparently under the umbrella of Dollar Tree.
Stores in St. Francis, Eau Clare, and Milwaukee are also affected.
Twenty-seven of them are at three stores in Dauphin County: North 7th Street in Harrisburg (10 workers), Union Deposit Road in Susquehanna Township (seven workers) and 350 West Main St., Middletown (10 workers). The companies said the stores will be transitioned to the Dollar General banner instead. Sycamore requested a shortening of the 30-day public comment period to allow Dollar Express to fulfill the majority of its commitments, including commitments to approximately 3,000 employees. Dollar Express, the new retail chain born because federal regulators required the chains to sell off stores to preserve competition, has been acquired by competitor Dollar General.