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By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 24--CHESAPEAKE -- After a year of extensive expansion, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. plans to slow its rate of store growth in 2005, company officials said Wednesday while discussing the past year's performance.
The company will aim for 14 to 16 percent more square feet of sales space, compared with 21 percent added last year. With 2,735 stores across 48 states, plus two distribution centers built in 2004, Dollar Tree will focus now on improving productivity and sales within the chain, said Bob Sasser, the retailer's president and chief executive.
"We want to improve our execution, better understand our …