Family Dollar Stores Inc was incorporated in November 1959. The Company provides consumers with a selection of competitively priced merchandise in convenient neighbourhood stores. Its merchandise assortment includes Consumables, Home Products, Apparel and Accessories, and Seasonal and Electronics. It classifies the combination of Home Products, Apparel and Accessories, and Seasonal and Electronics as Discretionary. It operates general merchandise retail discount stores in 46 states, serving the basic needs of customers primarily in the low- and middle-income brackets. The stores are supported by 11 distribution centers and one Store Support Center. It competes for sales and store locations in varying degrees with international, national, regional and local retailing establishments, other discount stores, department stores, variety stores, dollar stores, discount clothing stores, drug stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, outlet stores, warehouse stores and other stores. The Company's trademark includes Family Dollar and Family Dollar Stores. Its business is subject to federal, state, local, and international laws, rules, and regulations, such as state and local wage and hour laws, anti-corruption laws, import and export laws, unclaimed property laws, and many others.