BARBOURSVILLE - Family Dollar has announced plans for a grand opening in Barboursville, at the old Rite Aid location at 6401 U.S. 60 East.

There will be a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The event will feature gift basket raffles, giveaways, free samples and family fun entertainment. In addition, the first 50 customers on Saturday will receive a gift card and a reusable shopping bag.

The new store will include $1 Dollar Tree merchandise, additional freezers and coolers and an expanded selection of food, beauty and essentials, household products and seasonal items, according to a news release from the company.

"Family Dollar is proud to be a part of the Barboursville community and we are excited to welcome existing and new customers to our new store," said Jim Van Slyke, Family Dollar spokesman.

A store of this size typically employs six to 10 associates, the release added. Interested applicants can apply online at www.FamilyDollar.com/careers or by visiting the store location.

Family Dollar stores are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

TACO BELL: Sun Culinary recently announced it will unveil one of their newest Taco Bell prototypes located at 100 Falls Creek Drive in Louisa, Kentucky, on Monday, July 1. This new 2,200 square foot "Explorer" prototype will employ up to 40 team members and includes features and materials that cannot be found at any other Taco Bell, according to a news release from the company.

"From two fireplaces on two levels to a California room that opens the outside to the inside, guests will be able to enjoy their favorite Taco Bell food at multiple unique locations inside and outside the restaurant," the release said. "Taco Bell will also introduce the highly anticipated user-friendly, self ordering Kiosk system."

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration includes a tour of the new restaurant with live entertainment starting at 7 a.m. on July 1.

Festivities will continue at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, with live music, a cornhole tournament and "brain freeze-off" to see who can drink a Taco Bell Freeze the fastest with prizes given to each winner.

Taco Bell first opened in Louisa in 1995 as part of the US 23 Country Music Highway Exxon complex. Taco Bell Louisa is owned and operated by Sun Ventures, also of Louisa, Kentucky. Sun Ventures also owns and operates West Virginia 1 Taco Bell location in Kenova, West Virginia, and the soon to be opened Taco Bell Kinetic Park in Huntington.

MISFITS MARKET: Misfits Market, an online market that sell fruits and vegetables that are rejected by supermarkets due to cosmetic imperfections, recently opened a new 140,800-square-foot facility in Pennsauken, New Jersey, and will now deliver to West Virginia.

According to a 2014 study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 38 million tons of this food is thrown away every year. After examining such inefficiencies in the food supply system, Abhi Ramesh was inspired to find a solution that addressed farm-level waste, as well as the accessibility issues that plagued millions of Americans in food deserts.

He created Misfits Market in 2018 and it has rescued more than five million pounds of produce that would have gone to waste.

"All of Misfits Market's produce is certified organic, non-GMO, and sourced from trusted growers around the country," Ramesh said.

Ramesh says Misfits Market's groundbreaking approach to sourcing and fulfillment allows it to serve both city centers and more isolated zip codes that other urban-focused services typically neglect. It's also provided significant revenue for organic farming operations that typically took a loss on ugly crops.

"By making misfit produce more accessible and affordable, we're able to reduce food waste at a scale that creates positive and lasting impact," Ramesh said. "Delivering to every zip code in the states we serve allows us to go beyond dense urban areas and put healthy food within reach of every household while supporting responsible growing practices."

The expansion announcement follows the company's most recent launches in Ohio and Maine last month and is part of the brand's plans to expand to all of the Eastern United States by the end of 2019.

Misfits Market boxes can be purchased on a one-time or weekly/bi-weekly subscription basis at www.misfitsmarket.com.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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