WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                          Date of Report: July 7, 2003

                  Date of Earliest Event Reported: July 7, 2003

                            DOLLAR TREE STORES, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

                         COMMISSION FILE NUMBER: 0-25464

              VIRGINIA                                    54-1387365
      (State or other jurisdiction of                  (I.R.S. Employer
       incorporation or organization)                 Identification No.)

                                500 Volvo Parkway
                              Chesapeake, VA 23320
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (757) 321-5000

Item 9. Regulation FD Disclosure

Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. has released a business update for the second quarter
of fiscal 2003, which is available via a recorded telephone announcement
beginning today, July 7 after 5:00 PM EDT through Friday, July 11. The recorded
announcement may be accessed by calling (757) 321-5TRE.

The text of that recorded announcement is included below:

     Thank you for calling the Dollar Tree business update hotline. This is Eric
     Coble, Chief Financial Officer.

     The information on this call about our future expectations, plans and
     prospects constitutes forward-looking statements under the Private
     Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our actual results may differ
     materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a
     result of various important factors, including national and international
     events, consumer spending, and others described in our recent Annual
     Report, Current Report, and Quarterly Report on file with the SEC. This
     information is current only as of the date presented, and we will not
     update this information until our official quarterly sales release
     scheduled for Thursday, August 7, before market open.

     Our guidance for the fiscal second quarter, which runs from May 4 through
     August 2, was for total sales to be in the range of $575 to $590 million.
     Through July 4, the Company's sales are above plan. In addition to
     above-plan sales performance at Dollar Tree thus far, our acquisition of
     Greenbacks, a Salt Lake City-based dollar store chain, closed on June 29,
     2003. As a result, Greenbacks' sales and earnings have been added to our
     results beginning June 30. We are raising our second-quarter sales guidance
     to a range of $600 to $615 million, which includes about $10 million of
     sales from Greenbacks. The midpoint of our new sales range represents a
     comparable store sales increase in the low single digits.

     Greenbacks' lower gross margins will decrease our reported gross margin,
     until we transition their stores to Dollar Tree's merchandise assortment,
     which we expect to take place over the next 12-18 months. In addition to
     that impact, higher sales in May and June were driven by lower-margin
     consumable product. And, as a reminder, gross margin will decrease by
     approximately $1 million per quarter from non-cash, synthetic-lease related
     expenses. Therefore, we expect our second-quarter gross margin to be about
     50 basis points lower than last year's 35.7%. We still believe our gross
     margin for the year, with Greenbacks, will be approximately 36%.

     We also continue to plan sales and earnings growth this fiscal year to
     increase at least 15% compared to last fiscal year, with Greenbacks adding
     an additional 2-3 cents of EPS over and above that.


     As of June 30, 2003, including Greenbacks, we operated 2,447 stores in 47
     states, compared to 2,105 stores in 37 states at June 30, 2002.

     This hotline will next be updated on Tuesday, October 7.

The information contained in this item is being furnished to the Securities and
Exchange Commission pursuant to the Commission's Regulation FD. Such information
shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and
Exchange Act of 1934 or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section.
The information shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any
registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of
1933, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


This document contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is used in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements
address future events, developments and results, including our anticipated sales
and the effect of the war in Iraq. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties
and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results,
you should carefully review the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Business" sections in our
Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2003, as well as the risk factors
appearing on pages 3-4 of the Annual Report. In light of these risks and
uncertainties, the future events, developments or results described by our
forward-looking statements in this document could turn out to be materially and
adversely different from those we discuss or imply.

We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking
statements contained in this filing to reflect events or circumstances occurring
after the date of this report or to reflect the occurrence of future events and
you should not expect us to do so.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

DATE: July 7, 2003

                                    DOLLAR TREE STORES, INC.

                                    By:     /s/ Frederick C. Coble
                                            Frederick C. Coble
                                            Chief Financial Officer