Dollar store chain Dollar Express is liquidating its 15 New Jersey stores, including three in the region, and will lay off 231 workers in the state, according to a notice filed with the state labor department.

Twenty-four workers at the chain’s locations in Brigantine, Pleasantville and Vineland are affected.

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The move came as Dollar General Corp. is buying the competing Charlotte, North Carolina-based Dollar Express’ 323 stores in 36 states, the company said in a statement.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dollar Express was created in November 2015 as part of Dollar Tree Inc.’s acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

Texas-based Dollar General has been expanding in the area, including a 7,500-square-foot Pleasantville location on Route 9 south of the Black Horse Pike that is under construction.

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