After the Dollar Tree store on Wabash Avenue suddenly was caught on fire by a now-confirmed act of arson last month, bargain shoppers scrambled to continue to look for good deals, even if it meant driving an extra mile or two.
With two remaining stores located on S.R. 46 and U.S. 41, I recently visited the eastside business as a customer. As I unloaded my cart packed full of various items priced at $1 each -- such as toothpaste, coffee mugs and a notebook --- I noticed the checkout lines were getting long. An employee commented that he's consistently seen a "ton of more customers" since the fire occurred Aug. 12.
See slideshow featured below of items I did purchase:
Ultimately I spent at least $35, which was considerably more than my typical quick trip to the Wabash Avenue store.
That store, which is currently undergoing damage repair from the blaze, is one where I rarely need a shopping cart. I would rather just dart in and out for a couple of routine household items. Now, while at the S.R. 46 location -- I made it a point to leisurely browse all the aisles. I decided to feature a few things I purchased this time around for my weekly blog,, Terre Haute Times, since I was coming home with more shopping bags than in the past. I also think it's necessary to include photos of some other interesting items on the shelves I took notice of -- but did not buy nor did I need.
The Indiana Central News Dollar Tree fire coverage was popular -- a reflection of how the community values this type of business. First Wok, a local favorite Chinese restaurant located next door to the store,has also has remained closed for business since the fire.
Arson Investigator Norm Loudermilk recently said the Terre Haute Fire Department has responded to nearly 20 suspicious fires this year, a number comparable to last year. However, he noted the main difference this year is that the suspects have acted while buildings were occupied, including the strip mall on Wabash Avenue and a residence on South 18th Street.
See slideshow featured below for photos of items that I found interesting but did not purchase:
Lucy Perry can be reached at email@example.com
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 46, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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