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Throwback Thursday: Dollar Tree Store Support Center

Dollar Tree’s original Store Support Center.

More than two decades ago, Clancy & Theys Construction Company began a long-standing relationship with Dollar Tree with the construction of their original Store Support Center and Distribution Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. In 1997, we officially broke ground on the first of three phases of this design-build project. Phase one, which was completed in 1998, consisted of a 75,000 sq ft two-story office building with a data center and café, as well as a 420,000 sq ft distribution center.

An aerial view of the Dollar Tree campus in 1998.

Collaboration and continuous communication with key Dollar Tree personnel and the design team were essential to our success on this project. We were invited to return for the construction of Dollar Tree’s next distribution center in Mississippi and the subsequent expansions of the Store Support Center in Virginia. These projects laid the foundation of our design-build approach, which we have successfully used on dozens of additional projects, including more than 20 large-scale projects for Dollar Tree in 13 different states, totaling more than 10,000,000 sq ft.

An aerial view of the Dollar Tree campus before the start of phase four of the expansion in 2017.

Phase two of the Store Support Center was completed in 2001 and included a 38,000 sq ft office addition and parking lot expansion. Phase three, completed in 2008, was a 75,000 sq ft three-story expansion that incorporated a 120-seat auditorium, a 10,000 sq ft data center, and 350-space parking lot expansion. This phase was a fast-track project completed in 360 days, and all work was performed while the building remained operational.

Dollar Tree’s new 13-story office tower, which was completed in 2018.

Nearly seven years later, Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar and once again needed to expand its Store Support Center. They required a new state-of-the-art facility to support their growing operations and to attract, retain, and engage their employees. Twenty years after breaking ground on the original office building, our team began phase four of Dollar Tree’s office expansion with a new 13-story 325,000 sq ft glass office tower and adjacent 540,000 sq ft seven-level precast parking garage.

The office tower, which was delivered using a similar hybrid team-build approach, was designed and built in just 28 months. Throughout the entire project, Dollar Tree’s mission-critical operations were uncompromised, employees and visitors remained safe, and their daily activities were unaffected. It is now the tallest building in the City of Chesapeake and serves as the anchor to Summit Pointe, an urban mixed-use community currently under construction by our team.

An aerial from April 2020 of Dollar Tree’s campus and the ongoing construction of Summit Pointe.

This distinctive, mixed-use community will eventually form a new downtown Chesapeake, featuring urban living, workplace solutions, dining, entertainment venues, and shopping options. Phase two of this project is well underway, and we look forward to another successful delivery in the upcoming year.