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LOWELLVILLE, Ohio - A new business could be coming to Lowellville, and it could threaten the future of a mom and pop store.

The long-time owners of Ross' Market, Earl and Sylvia Ross, fear they're embroiled in a David vs Goliath battle that could threaten their livelihood after decades of serving the community.

Tammy Foor is the couple's oldest daughter, "Our family has been here for 33 years, and we were just recently informed a couple of weeks ago that the Village of Lowellville has been working with Family Dollar on coming in to town."

Sources say Family Dollar could finalize a deal to build an 8400-square foot store on Water Street just East of 3rd, by early next week.

The Ross Family feels they'll eventually be forced out by a chain that will offer prices impossible to compete with.

"They can buy it in such bigger bulk, and have such better pricing, there's no way we can compete. We'll try and stay open as long as possible, but I really have a fear we're not going to be able to sustain," Foor said.

Lowellville's mayor tells 21 News, "It's not a done deal at this point, we're just waiting for the property to be secured. It's a $1.4-Million project, and the first new business in a lot of years for Lowellville. I hope it will be a catalyst to bring more traffic and compliment the business Ross' has already. It's all about what's best for the entire community."

The Ross' say they are not opposed to new business, they're just trying to protect their piece of the American dream.

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