CARY,Family Dollar Stores, a national discount store chain, has selected SAS analytics software to help in its site selection process for 525 new stores in 2003.

Family Dollar, which is based in Charlotte, already operates 5,712 stores in 42 states.

The company licensed SAS software in an attempt to improve its real-estate site selection models. The software also will help Family Dollar in forecasting, inventory optimization, pricing, promotional performance and space management, SAS said in a statement.