Started in 1959, Family Dollar Store Inc. is one of the fastest growing discount store chains in the United States. It is a Fortune 500 company currently operating more than 6,800 stores in 44 states. The firm provides primarily low and middle income consumers with a selection of competitively priced merchandise in convenient neighborhood stores. Its merchandise assortment includes consumables, home products, apparel/accessories and seasonal and electronics. The company sells merchandise at prices that generally range from less than one to ten dollars. Family Dollar Inc. is a member of the Vendor Compliance Federation.