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PORTLAND, OR-Dollar Tree Stores Inc., a Chesapeake, VA-based with 2,000 stores nationwide, has signed an agreement with the Port of Portland to use Terminal 6 as its Pacific Northwest distribution point. The firm has also signed a lease for warehousing space at the Rivergate Industrial District a mile away. Terms of both agreements are confidential.

“Dollar Tree, which has an impressive record of growth, is an important new account for Portland,” says Eileen Murche, marketing director for the Port’s import development team. “Dollar Tree’s import volumes into Portland are expected to grow soon to several thousand containers a year.”

Known for its stores featuring everything from books and candy to personal accessories on sale for $1 or less, Dollar Tree is leasing an undisclosed amount of square footage at the nearly 500,000 sf warehouse owned by United Warehousing Distribution Center (formerly known as A&M Warehouses). That facility already houses the operations for such companies as 800 dot-com and RR Donnelly.

According to Munche, the amount of space is just enough for Dollar Tree to pull in its trucks carrying international containers, shipped in at the Port, and to transload the cargo to domestic containers for shipment to the company’s distribution centers in northern California and Chicago.

“It’s a boon for us because being export-heavy, we’re always looking to source containers for exports,” says Aaron E. Ellis, the maritime public affairs manager for the Port. “It’s good for the shipping companies because they’re looking for ways to balance their transportation costs. Containers come in full, are unloaded locally, and turned around and used by exporters.”

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