MARIETTA, Okla. (KTEN) — "we don't know if they'll open back, build back, or move, we pray that they build back, we need them so bad."

The massive Dollar Tree distribution center in Marietta was in the path of an EF-4 tornado on April 27. The storm inflicted extensive damage to the vast facility, forcing doors to temporarily close.

"The property they sit on... the ad valorem tax that they pay... most of that goes to the school district," said Love County District 3 Commissioner Stacy Rushing. "Schools rely on that, and something this big could be a 50 to 60 percent lost for them."

If the Dollar Tree warehouse was closed permanently, Rushing said it could result in an estimated $1 million revenue loss county-wide.

"I don't know how we can recover from that," he said. "Ultimately, everything always falls back on the property owners, and that is the last thing this commissioner wants to see happen."

The Dollar Tree distribution center in Marietta was heavily damged by the April 27, 2024 tornado.

Dollar Tree executives released an updated statement to KTEN on Tuesday, saying:

"Given the facility cannot be reopened in the foreseeable future, we met with our DC team recently to share the incredibly difficult news that the warehouse will closed at this time."

The statement added that employees will paid through June 22, after which they will receive severance packages and benefits.

"You're looking at either bankrupting the county, or going to your property owners to make the difference up," Rushing said. "We've lost Homeland [supermarket],  which was our biggest sales tax base... that's $20,000 a month that we don't have coming in."

Homeland officials said they will rebuild, while the future of the Dollar Tree warehouse remains uncertain. The company said they hope to reopen.

The Homeland supermarket in Marietta was destroyed by the April 27, 2024 tornado.
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