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Donald Melvald was the eponymous shopkeeper of Melvald's General Store in downtown Hawkins and the employer of Joyce Byers and Jeffrey.



At some point in his life, Donald began running Melvald's General Store. He hired Joyce Byers, Jeffrey and several others as employees.

Season One

The day after her son Will disappeared, Joyce came to the store to buy a new phone and asked for a two weeks advance. Donald was reluctant, as he needed to pay Jeffrey for covering for her, but Joyce was adamant and Donald sympathized with her predicament.[1] The next day, she came back to buy several packs of Christmas lights and another phone.[2]

Donald attended Will's funeral.[3]

Behind the scenes

Donald is listed as "Mr. Melvald" in the credits.


  1. "Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street"
  2. "Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly"
  3. "Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat"

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