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: September 22, 2003

              Date of Earliest Event Reported: September 22, 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.

Today, September 22, 2003, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. issued a press release
reaffirming its revenue guidance and announcing that its operations were largely
unaffected by Hurricane Isabel. The text of the press release is included below.

                          PRESS RELEASE


CHESAPEAKE, Va. - September 22, 2003 - Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR),
the nation's largest $1.00 discount variety store chain, reported today that its
stores, distribution centers, and headquarters building are up-and-running, in
the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. The Company today is reaffirming its standing
guidance for third-quarter revenue to be in the range of $665 to $680 million,
with the mid-point of that range representing a slightly positive
comparable-store increase.

In preparation for Hurricane Isabel, the Company carried out various
disaster-preparedness plans, including remotely locating help-desk associates to
provide technology assistance to stores, advancing store deliveries in order to
ship merchandise ahead of the storm, and shipping additional quantities of
essential supplies to stores in affected areas. Although the storm temporarily
disrupted business and distribution in certain mid-Atlantic areas, stores and
distribution centers outside the mid-Atlantic region were unaffected by the
hurricane. Fewer than 100 stores lost power during the storm, and none of the
Company's stores or distribution centers suffered meaningful property damage
from the storm.

"I am so proud of how our associates company-wide worked together to provide
exceptional service during this time of great need," President and Chief
Operating Officer Bob Sasser said. "The emergency measures we implemented worked
well: Our associates stayed safe, we had limited disruption to our business, and
we had a quick recovery to normal business. We are providing our customers
exactly what they need in these challenging times - value, convenience, and
merchandise to help them live their lives."

On Wednesday, October 8, 2003, the Company will be holding its 3rd annual
investor conference. The conference will be webcast live on our website,
www.dollartree.com, and will remain available for one week following the

The Company operated 2,468 stores in 47 states as of August 2, 2003. During the
second fiscal quarter of 2003, the Company opened 61 stores, closed 12 stores,
added 100 Greenbacks stores, and expanded or relocated 35 stores. The Company's
retail selling square footage totaled approximately 15.7 million at August 2,
2003, a 13% increase from 13.9 million at May 3, 2003 and a 36% increase
compared to a year ago.

"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 third-quarter total and comparable-store sales. For
a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our
future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the "Risk
Factors," "Business," and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations" sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K
filed March 28, 2003 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed
September 12, 2003.  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 press release to reflect events or
circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect
us to do so.

CONTACT:              Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Chesapeake
                      Erica Robb or Adam Bergman, 757-321-5000

The information contained in this item is being furnished to the Securities and
Exchange Commission. 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.



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:  September 22, 2003

                                    DOLLAR TREE STORES, INC.

                                    By:     \s\ Fredrick C. Coble
                                            Frederick C. Coble
                                            Chief Financial Officer