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How Dollar Stores Quietly Consumed America

How Dollar Stores Quietly Consumed America

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  • landof10000cakes

    I’m no Dollar General shill but I do know about living in a rural area. Ever been 60 miles from the nearest hardware store and your plunger broke? Or been making dinner and you need seasoning? Dollar General isn’t a “Dollar” store like Dollar Tree, nor is it a place to do your regular shopping. It fulfills the temporary need of rural communities.

    Also, that Tide example is not correct. You can purchase that same large Tide container for about $10 at Dollar General as well.

    I think the bigger criticism should be the construction.

  • strolpol

    The real problem with DG is hit on the head with the detergent thing: buying at DG is actually often a worse value than you’d get at the big box place, but because it’s more convenient you wind up just getting patchwork bits and pieces instead of properly planning out a grocery shopping trip.

  • ichabod13

    DG for my area (rural Kansas) is more about running to there to grab something to make it through the week until the weekend hour trip to a Walmart/Aldi’s/Target can happen. Run out of toilet paper but don’t want to spend the hour driving? DG.

    I also see many elderly people and younger kids shopping in there and the local small transportation service will pickup and drop them off there at no charge. There is a bike rack outside for the children. It allows some freedom to elderly and youth that would otherwise not be available forcing them to travel or wait for rides to make it into a city.

    Not a perfect store but I think they are good for small America.

  • BraindeadKnucklehead

    DG and other Dollar style clones are akin to convenience store hot dogs and Little Caesars Pizza; they give the grossly underpaid workforce the illusion that it’s ok as long as you can make it through another day. It’s how they keep folks from rioting.

  • hazard224

    I knew the small town (pop. 10k) i grew up in was dying when i returned and saw 3 dollar generals all within 5 miles of each other and all on each major road that left town.

  • Tronn3000

    The whole concept of “food deserts” seem like a uniquely American problem. I’ve traveled a lot to other countries and I’ve never had a problem getting fresh produce in rural parts of countries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia but if I go to a rural part of the USA, it’s very difficult to get fresh produce and meat despite the US having superior road infrastructure and supply chain.

    Dollar stores in rural areas probably contribute to this problem but ultimately there needs to be more initiative to ship fresh food to these areas. I’m sure there’s a decent opportunity to open a large chain of small footprint produce and meat grocers in these towns like you see in other countries that could be the “fresh food versions of dollar stores” but I have yet to see it

  • Nearatree

    My sympathy goes out to all those merchandising reset crews locked in those stores all night getting paid under minimum wage because of how the job is rated for a certain number of hours no matter how garbage that particular store was organized… I hope you find better jobs soon.

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