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: May 19, 2003

                  Date of Earliest Event Reported: May 15, 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.

On May 15, 2003, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. issued a press release announcing that
it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Greenbacks, Inc. A copy of the
press release is attached to this Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated
herein by this reference.

In addition, the Company hosted a publicly available telephone conference call
on May 16, 2003 to discuss this transaction. The following summarizes
information discussed in the Company's conference call. The Company is filing
this Form 8-K pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation

Overview of the Transaction and Greenbacks
Subject to regulatory and other customary closing conditions and contractual
adjustments, Dollar Tree will acquire Greenbacks for approximately $100 million
in cash. The transaction will be accounted for under the purchase method of
accounting and is expected to be consummated in mid-June 2003. We expect to
assume less than $10 million in debt related to this transaction.

Greenbacks is a privately held company currently operating 96 stores in 10
western states. The company generated sales of $127.5 million in calendar year
2002 with a corporate operating margin of less than 8%. During the last five
years, sales have grown at an annual rate of 37% and profits have grown faster.
Greenbacks operates an expandable 252,000 square foot distribution center in
Salt Lake City.

Greenbacks' stores are located primarily in strip shopping centers and average
approximately 11,500 gross square feet or 9,200 selling square feet, about the
same size that we are now opening. Average sales per store are approximately
$1.4 million, based on a six-day week. Greenbacks' stores had comparable store
net sales increases in the mid-single digits in calendar year 2002.

We expect Greenbacks will be accretive to our earnings per share by 2-3 cents in
the current fiscal year, after acquisition costs and depending on the timing of
closing. We plan to operate a majority of Greenbacks stores 7 days a week
compared to its current 6 days. This will allow us to gain additional leverage
opportunities. In fiscal year 2004, we anticipate at least 7 cents of earnings
per share accretion. We also have an opportunity for additional cost improvement
by having some of their stores serviced out of our distributions centers. Our
current sales and earnings guidance does not include these accretion

Greenbacks' merchandise mix is similar to our mix of 40% consumable merchandise
and 60% variety and seasonal merchandise. Greenbacks imports approximately 20%
of their merchandise mix compared to our approximately 40-45% import mix.
Greenbacks purchases closeouts at about the same level we do. In the next 12-18
months, we plan to improve merchandise value offerings and improve merchandise


Since this acquisition is accounted for as a purchase, we will treat the
Greenbacks stores as new stores. They will enter our comparable store net sales
base 14 months after the closing of the transaction, just like our new stores
enter the comparable store base after they have been open for 14 months.

As a result of the Greenbacks acquisition, consisting of 96 stores plus 5 other
stores that Greenbacks was planning to open this year, we expect to increase our
selling square footage growth to approximately 28-30% for fiscal year 2003
compared to our current 22% selling square footage growth guidance.

Store Layout and System Integration
In the current fiscal year, as time permits, we plan to install point-of-sales
systems in all Greenbacks stores, remodel select stores and enhance fixtures to
realize additional sales potential. We expect to convert Greenbacks to our name
and merchandise mix within 18 months. We anticipate the capital cost of store
conversions to be in the range of $30,000-$100,000 per store. We also expect to
add our warehouse management technology to the Greenbacks distribution center as
soon as possible following the closing of the transaction.

This filing 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 or results and typically use words such as
believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan or estimate. For example, our
forward-looking statements include statements regarding:

     o    the closing date of acquisition;
     o    earnings per share accretion;
     o    the amount of debt to be assumed in the acquisition;
     o    merchandise offerings and margins;
     o    our selling square-footage growth;
     o    store layout and system integration plans and;
     o    capital costs.

These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties
that may affect us including, a variety of factors that may cause the combined
companies' actual results to differ materially from anticipated results or other
expectations described in these statements. Such factors include:

     o    failure of the merger to be consummated or failure of the combined
          company to integrate successfully;
     o    the outbreak of war and other national and international events, such
          as terrorism;
     o    adverse economic conditions, such as declining consumer confidence or
          spending, or bad weather;


     o    possible difficulties in meeting our net sales and other expansion
          goals and anticipated comparable store net sales results, which may
          result in loss of leverage of operating expenses;
     o    potential increases in the cost of or disruption of the flow of our
          imported goods, including disruptions that could arise if the Severe
          Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in the Far East worsens;
     o    the difficulties in managing our aggressive growth plans, including
          opening stores on a timely basis;
     o    competition and possible increases in merchandise costs, shipping
          rates, freight costs, or other operating costs such as wage levels;
     o    the capacity and performance of our distribution network and our
          ability to expand its capacity in time to support our net sales
          growth; and
     o    changes in accounting standards.

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. Also, carefully review "Risk Factors" in our most recent prospectuses
filed November 15, 2000 and August 3, 2000. 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.

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

         (c)    Exhibits

Exhibit #       Description

99.1            Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.'s press release regarding its
                agreement to acquire Greenbacks, Inc.



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:  May 19, 2003

                                    DOLLAR TREE STORES, INC.

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