by Sarah Einselen
ROYAL CENTER — Demolition workers last week removed a two-story building to make way for a Family Dollar retail store set to open next year.
The former Crystal Coin laundry and sometime restaurant at 101 S. Chicago St. was torn down Wednesday after former owners Kim and Ken Grey sold the property to Central Indiana Properties, LLC.
The planned Family Dollar store is set to open on the site late next year, according to a spokesman for the corporation. A date for construction hasn’t been released, but the store will be about 8,000 square feet.
Employment at the store isn’t set in stone yet, either, but Family Dollar stores typically employ eight to 10 people, said Bryn R. Winburn, a public relations manager for the corporation.
“We’re just tickled to death it’s coming,” said town council president Conrad Funk. “It’ll bring more people in town. I think it’ll actually help the other businesses.”
Kim Grey, co-owner with Ken of K&K Seamless Guttering, said their company had moved out of the building two years ago. Ken had wanted to open a restaurant there, she said.
Family Dollar representatives called the Greys to inquire whether the property was for sale, and after considering the request, they quoted the corporation a price.
“They jumped on it so fast, it scared me,” Kim said. “They said it was no object, they wanted the building.
“In the long run, we thought it would be really good for the town,” she added.
The Greys did not disclose the sale price.
Funk said as far as he knew, construction was slated to start before Christmas.
• Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151.