MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) - Family Dollar says it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. It says it will also cut prices on about 1,000 basic items.
The announcement came as Family Dollar reported its profit and revenue declined in the second quarter as it dealt with bad winter weather.
The chain operates dozens of stores in Kentucky.
"The Company is working to finalize the store closure plan and will disclose information on impacted locations at the appropriate time," Bryn R. Winburn, a spokesperson for the chain, told WKYT.
The discounter said the store closings and job cuts should lower annual operating expenses by $40 million to $45 million, starting with the fiscal third quarter. Family Dollar Stores Inc. currently has more than 8,100 stores in 46 states.
The Matthews, N.C., company says it will also slow new store openings beginning in fiscal 2015 to bolster its return on investment.