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In tracking down new business openings in Inner Southeast, Rita Leonard has visited the new Dollar Tree store

RITA A. LEONARD - A new Dollar Tree store has opened in the new shopping center created at the former location of the Original Taco House, at 3550 S.E. Powell Boulevard.A new movie theater complex opened recently near S.E. Powell Boulevard and Chavez (formerly 39th Avenue); a bowling alley east of Cleveland High was converted into a small Target store; and now a nondescript shopping center with an empty "Original Taco House" restaurant, further east on the south side of Powell, is being revived as a fresh shopping option with new businesses, a food truck pod – and most recently, a new branch of the national Dollar Tree chain. The official address is 3550 S.E. Powell, and the store's Grand Opening was on Thursday, June 10; but people are still discovering where they are. The new store is adjacent to "John's Marketplace", and has about thirty parking spaces out in front. A cold drink dispenser provides hot-weather treats, as well as some dairy items and frozen foods. The hours of the business are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and Sundays 10 to 8.

Manager Steven Springer tells THE BEE that his 7,500-sq.-ft. business will feature a variety of wares, with each item only $1 or less. Included are food, cleaners, toys, books, snacks, health and beauty aids, tools, greeting cards (2 for $1), balloons, holiday features, arts and crafts, a few auto supplies, replacement batteries, and supplies for kitchen, office, and garden. There are fifteen employees.

To learn more, phone 503/535-6717, or go online –

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