The Family Dollar distribution warehouse in West Memphis, Arkansas, is closing permanently following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Report released in February that detailed a massive rodent infestation. 

Randy Guiler, the vice president of investor relations for Dollar Tree Inc., the company that owns Family Dollar, confirmed the closure with The Commercial Appeal; employees will be laid off starting in mid-July.

In total, 320 employees will lose their jobs with Family Dollar, according to West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon. The company is one of the largest employers in West Memphis.

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McClendon delivered remarks to the media Wednesday. His primary concern, McLendon said, is the impact on hundreds of workers in West Memphis. 

Family Dollar distribution center in West Memphis, Ark. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 where a rodent infestation caused the company to close stores in the Mid-South that may have been shipped contaminated products.

According to McClendon, the company cited the age of the building as a primary factor in the decision to close the 30-year-old facility. 

In a statement issued to the media, the company pointed again to the age of the warehouse. The decision, the statement said, was part of the company’s routine reevaluation of its economic footprint.

“As a result of that process, we determined the nearly 30-year-old facility in West Memphis would not be adequate to allow us to continue serving the needs and requirements of our stores and customers served by the distribution center,” a company spokesperson said.