They're popular. They're hated. They're everywhere. Can they be stopped?
Brian Gordon| USA Today Network
In North Carolina, you’re rarely far from a Dollar General.
On average last year, a new location opened in the state every eight days. Asheboro, a Piedmont city of 26,000, now has seven stores, four of which are clustered in a three-mile area on the city's south end. Residents hear more are on the way.
Across North Carolina, chain dollar stores are popping up every month - filling urban blocks, rural highways, and suburban strip malls.
In New Bern, six stores sit along the same street, a pair facing each other. In one Wilmington neighborhood, a person can walk to each pillar of the dollar store triumvirate: Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General - in 10 minutes.
Through economic booms and busts, dollar stores have flourished. In fact, crises elevate the demand for their affordable home goods and groceries. The company’s stock price has risen 935% since the 2008 recession. In its latest annual report to the Security and Exchange Commission, Dollar General said COVID-19 had “a significant positive effect” on sales and profits.
North Carolinanow has 930 Dollar Generals, nearly doubling its total since 2008. Only three states currently have more. In 2021, the Tennessee-based company has a goal of opening more than 1,000 new stores nationwide.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have smaller footprints in the Tar Heel State, but they too plan ambitious expansion. In its recent SEC filing, Dollar Tree (which boughtFamily Dollar in 2015)statedthe U.S. marketcould support 10,000 additional stores.
Tired of seeing dollar stores multiply unabatedin their backyards, some North Carolina residents have begun to push back. From one city's plan to ban new dollar stores in low-income neighborhoods to anothertown'smulti-thousand-dollar campaign against a single store (featuring a highly-produced music video), North Carolinians have - in just the past few years - galvanized to try to slow down these discount giants.
Propelling these movements are a variety of concerns:access to healthy foods, support for local retail, concerns about crime, and the change of charactersome argue these stores inevitably bring to their neighborhoods.
But whether this resistance will dent dollar storegrowth remains unclear, for while many complain about their ubiquity, people continue to shop at them. A lot.
Big business, big concerns
Though each has “dollar” in their name, the three leading dollar store brands target different markets.
Dollar Tree sets up primarily in suburbs and sells everything at or close to $1. Dollar General andFamily Dollar focus on lower-income areas and sell a wide-range ofat discounts but for more than a buck. Holding the bigger market share, Dollar General skews more rural; 75% of its stores arelocated in towns with fewer than 20,000 people.
Dollar store aisles are stocked with a wide-range of stuff, from plastic snorkel sets to dog food, light bulbs to onion rings, hair dye to taco dinner kits. Customers typically have their pick between both brand name items and cheaperalternatives.
“It's a consistent product,” Rick Niswander of EastCarolina University’s College of Business. “When you go in, it kind of looks the same. The types of products that are for sale tend to be the same. It's something that's comfortable, and the price is very low.”
Immenseeconomies of scale and detailed logistics, Niswander said, allow these stores to price products cheaply. And insteadof carrying perishable foods that go to waste if unsold, dollar stores focus on more profitable, high-margin items likecleaning products, toiletries, paper goods, drinks, and non-perishable foods.
The construction of new stores is also intentional.
“They know exactly what they need,” Niswander said. “They're going to get better pricing on materials. They know exactly how to make it; they've done it 100 times before.”
As of late February, North Carolina had 916 Dollar Generals. For comparison, the state has 192Walmart stores. More than 160 North Carolina cities and towns have at least one Dollar Tree orFamily Dollar. (Family Dollarused to be headquartered in Charlotte.)
Some residents see these stores as convenient. Others embrace them out of necessity.
“I’m still in college, and we're all broke,” said Jessica Petty, a master's studentat UNC Wilmington. “So, wego to Family Dollar.”
Trends like automation, globalization, union decline, and stagnantwages have “hollowedout” America’s lower-middle class in a way that's made dollar stores more appealing said Shyam Gouri Suresh, an economics professor at Davidson College.
But while thestores are popular, many say their market saturation comes at the expense of local retail. According to Gouri Suresh, “mom-and-pop stores have essentially closed down” in part because their traditional customer base has shifted to discount chains.
Others fear the discount chains scare away traditional grocery stores, keeping chunks of the state as food deserts that lack access tonutritious fresh foods. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, close to 1.7 million North Carolinians live in such areas.
Another criticism of discount chains is that they don't do enough to preventviolent crimes. Recent reporting from national outlets like ProPublica, CNN, and NBC News presented claims that low staffing at the major dollar store chains- which tend to be located in higher-crime areas -left employees vulnerable to armed robberies.
North Carolinians have seen these threats firsthand.
One night in February 2018, Brittany Fitzgerald was closing down the Dollar Tree in east Burlington where she worked as an assistant manager. Like every evening, she was carrying cash from that evening’s sales which she was to deposit at a local bank. But when she and another employee were leaving the store, she heard a deep voice say, “Give me the money” and saw a manflash a gun.
The person ran off before Fitzgerald could make a decision, but the experience left her shaken and frustrated. Before the incident, she said she'dasked her managerabout hiring a security guard “several times.”
“We asked for it and nothing was done,” she said.
Following the incident, Fitzgerald gave her two weeks’ notice and landed a new job at another area dollar store. A year later, her old Dollar Tree was the site of an armed robbery.
In a statement to the USA Today Network, Dollar Tree spokesperson Kayleigh Painter wrote: "Our Company recognizes that we sometimes open stores in markets where other retailers choose not to operate and we are proud to serve these underserved communities. We tailor our store operations, current best practices, and security protocols for each store."
Last June, the company partnered with ADT to enhance security monitoring at many of its stores nationwide. Dollar General did not respond to email and phone questions about its security.
Though she no longer works at a dollar store, Fitzgerald still routinely shops at the many around Burlington. Still, she's made a point of avoiding her former workplace.
No Dollar in the Holler
Kennedy Smith, a senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, an advocacygroup opposing corporate control in communities, has seen anti-dollar store movements nationwide gain momentum since around 2018, with "a significant uptick in the last year."
In September, north of Winston-Salem in the small town of Walnut Cove, residents banned togethertolobby local officials against a plan to add a second Dollar General in their community. Thetown only has a population of 1,600, but over the next several months, residents collected more than 1,000 handwritten signatures against thestore.
Many felt the Dollar General would be a terrible fitamid the surrounding residential neighborhood. If it opened, some vowed to boycott.In January, after an hours-long hearing, the towndenied the store's would-be developer, Teramore Development, a permit. Teramore has appealed the decision.
Ephraim Harrell, a Walnut Cove resident and lead organizer of the anti-store campaign, saidTeramore's local developer, who had previously builtmore than 60 Dollar Generals, told him they'd “never received this much pushback from a small town.”
Perhaps the developer had never been to Transylvania County.
In late 2019, residents in the mountainous western countyorganized against a prospective dollar store along Route 276 near the county seat of Brevard. Fearing the ramifications of another Dollar General in a county that already had six of them, began the “No Dollar in the Holler” campaign.
Over the next several months, the campaign raised at least $14,000, and thousands signed petitionsin opposition to the store. Some spoke of buying the property from Dollar General's preferred developer, though the price tag was too steep.
Residents packed intocounty commissioner meetings (until the pandemic hit)and gave testimonials ina series of YouTube videos. Some worriedthe store’s corporate façade would ruin theregion’s county character; others argued the store would threaten local businesses. The new storewas to be builton a floodplain, leaving locals concerned more flooding would come to an area thatalready was often underwater.
A few months into the campaign, theBrevard-based band Pretty Little Goat collaborated with Asheville director James Suttles to produce a anti-dollar storeprotest anthem.
“There are all these communities that are feeling like they have no voice in the conversation of a big company like Dollar General coming in and buying a piece of land and plopping a store down,” said band member Josh Carter.
In May 2020, a group called the Concerned Citizens of Transylvania County sued Dollar General to preventconstruction, citing the threat the store posed to the local population of Appalachian elktoe mussels, a species protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. The sides settled the following month.
Under the settlement, the store could openbut Dollar General hadto take a series of actions -like planting more native trees and maintaining a sediment pond - that metsome local environmental demands. The company also agreed to put up alternative signage that more ascetically aligned with nearby stores.
“I think they were extremely surprised with how relentless the community was about this location,” said Elizabeth Thompson, a“No Dollar in the Holler” organizer. If not for the pandemic, she feels her neighbors would've taken more collective steps against the site.
But while grassroots efforts in communities like Transylvania aimed to stop individual stores, one major North Carolina city has taken the bold step of trying to codify a dollar store ban into law.
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Banning dollar stores in food deserts
Wilmington is a city of beaches, history, and food deserts. The coastal city haseight food deserts,lower-income neighborhoods with no large grocery store within a mile.
Some areas of the city, like the historically Black Northside neighborhood, haven’t had a grocery store since the 1970s. Less access to fresh foods correlates to higher rates ofdiabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Several economic factors may keep supermarket chains away, but city officials believe high concentrations of dollar stores - which sell many carb-laden, sugary, and salty foods - are a key cause.
“We’ve heard from some grocers that when there are certain types of competition nearby in their service area, it really limits what they can do,” said Christine Hughes, the city’s senior planner.
This year,the city is updatingits land development code, and officials proposedan amendment that would bar new discount variety stores from opening in food deserts. While no North Carolina city has taken this step,other places, like Tulsa, New Orleans, and Dekalb County near Atlanta, have recently passed similar restrictions. Hughes said results elsewhere have been promising.
Yet not everyone is bullish about a ban.
“If you’re not going to put up more (dollar stores), but you’re not putting in Food Lion, then what am I going to do,” Jessica Petty, the UNCW student, said.
Dollar Tree spokesperson Kayleigh Painter said, “Dollar Tree and Family Dollar complement and operate side-by-side with grocery stores and bring economic development to every community we enter. Dollar stores help alleviate the effects of “food deserts” in urban communities by helping serve the underserved.”
Two weeks ago, Family Dollar announced it would start selling fresh fruits and vegetables at a small number of its stores nationwide. And Dollar General, which did not respond to requests to comment about its impact on food deserts, has starteda higher-end line of stores called DGX that more resemble traditional grocery stores.
Yet it remains difficult, in many areas of Wilmington, to find a fresh piece of fruit for sale. The local city council plans to vote on the new land development code, which includes the dollar store restrictions, later this summer. With food deserts prevalent in urban and rural places across North Carolina, many other local governments may be eyeing Wilmington to see what a dollar store ban delivers.
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'If you don't want to shop there....'
April Ziegler wasin the middle of the uproar around Transylvania's new dollar store. Already the manager at oneDollar General in the county, she was slated last year to head the new store her community was rallying against.
In her time as a manager, Ziegler had had a front-row seat to Dollar General's recent rapid expansion across Western North Carolina; the company sent her to soon-to-be-opened stores across the mountains to advise staff on logistics.
"They're not playing," she said of Dollar General's growth aims, noting the chain opened at least three new stores from 2016 to 2020 in Transylvania alone. But instead of backingthe "No Dollar in the Holler" movement,she saw another Dollar General as a simple byproduct of supply and demand.
“If you don’t want to shop there, then fine, don’t shop there,” she said. "If people stop feeding Dollar General, then Dollar General doesn’t have the revenue to continue their growth. ButI’ll tell you right now, people that were part of the protesting, who were in the (music) video, they shop at that Dollar General, and that's a fact."
Ziegler remembersone customer, during the height of the protests, asking her to keep his patronage a secret because he was involved in the campaign against the other store. She left the company in the spring of 2020, soon after COVID-19 hit and a few months before the new locationopened.
Elizabeth Thompson said she hasn’t shopped at that new Dollar General and has no plans toshop at any Dollar General “anywhere in the U.S. ever in my life.” Based on the settlement her group reached with the company, she is no longerable to specifically “disparage” the new Route 276 store.
Reflecting on the campaign,Thompson said she was “exhausted".
As the dollar store chains look to enter new areas, the absence of local zoning laws in many rural regions prevents local officials fromstanding in the way.
"We're low-hanging fruit for (dollar store) developers to reach their number goals," Christy Blakely, another "No Dollar in the Holler" organizer, said of Transylvania County.
Even as resistance to new dollar stores strengthensstatewide, some predict the number of new stores will continueclimbing. The chains, and their developers, are motivated to hit their expansion metrics and the local opposition has been isolated.
In its latest SEC report, Dollar General said local government zoning restrictions - like the one proposed in Wilmington -“have not materially impaired our ability to complete our planned real estate projects or growth.”
Brian Gordon is a statewide reporter with the USA Today Networkin North Carolina. Reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @briansamuel92.
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Dollar Tree is an actual dollar store (for the most part). The company recently announced it will sell items in certain locations for more than its typical $1 price.Are dollar stores good for the society? ›
Though they are great for your pocketbook, dollar stores aren't necessarily good for the communities in which they are built, especially economically depressed communities. For instance, many low-income communities are already struggling to encourage the growth of grocery stores that provide fresh, healthy produce.What is the dollar store concept? ›
US. : a store that sells inexpensive items priced usually at a dollar or a few dollars. Inflatable balloons, holiday decorations, toothbrushes and spices are some of the best deals you can buy at the dollar store.What you should always buy at Dollar Tree? ›
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Toys and Costumes. Toys rank high on our experts' list of things not to buy at dollar stores. “It's rare that you find name-brand toys at dollar stores,” says Ramhold. “And if you aren't seeing name-brand toys, odds are they're going to be cheap playthings that break pretty easy.Is everything in Dollar Tree from China? ›
In this article, Doyle states that the research firm Telsey Advisory Group estimates that approximately 42 percent of the products that Dollar Tree sells are made in China. About 23 percent of what Family Dollar sells is imported merchandise, much of it from China.Why are Dollar General stores so messy? ›
The Stores Can Get Messy
Walking into a dollar store in disarray isn't a rarity, but that's by design. These stores run on minimal staff and they're built to move a lot of product quickly. If that product has to sit on floors or in boxes for a bit while a cashier handles the register, so be it.
Historians can't pinpoint who established the trick, but consumer behavior experts can definitely explain why it helps move more goods. Ending a price in . 99 is based on the theory that, because we read from left to right, the first digit of the price resonates with us the most, Hibbett explained.Why Dollar Tree is no longer having all of their items cost $1? ›
“We believe testing additional price points above $1 for Dollar Tree product will enable us over time to expand our assortments, introduce new products and meet more of our customers' everyday needs.” The company is currently rolling out products above $1 across all of its Dollar Tree Plus units.
Just like in net sales and the store count, Dollar General leads the way in consumer loyalty among U.S. dollar store brands, although Dollar Tree follows closely behind.Why are things so cheap at dollar stores? ›
Dollar stores can sell the SAME items as grocery stores for cheaper because they have class-B or C locations, so they pay much lower rent than class-A locations. They also have a small, low-wage staff, that's usually only about 10 employees per store.How much does a dollar store owner make a year? ›
Dollar stores may make up to $. 80 profit on items they sell, though the average is about $. 35 for each item. This means a dollar store would have to sell 200,000 items a year to make around $70,000 in profit.Who is the Dollar General target audience? ›
Dollar General provides customers with affordable options in food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, and health & beauty products. A majority of Dollar General's customer base are low to middle income families, with 58.5% of customers earning less than $50,000 per year.Does Walmart own Dollar Tree? ›
Both Walmart and Dollar Tree operate in the discount niche and offer a range of similar products. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people think that they have the same ownership. However, it is important to note that the two companies are individually owned and are technically competitors.What are three things you could buy for a dollar? ›
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- Baby paraphernalia.
What's it like working at Dollar Tree? Although our dress code is business casual, there is nothing casual about our commitment and focus on growth.What should you always buy at Walmart? ›
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Bitcoin, ethereum, and other cryptography-based digital tokens are popular candidates to rival the dollar (at least among people who have a lot of money invested in crypto).Are Dollar Tree items toxic? ›
As they reported, “Up to 30% of products tested at Dollar Tree and [up to 25% at] Dollarama contain heavy metals such as lead and other toxic chemicals such as phthalates, bisphenols and PFAS or 'forever chemicals.
Yes, the new $1.25 price point is permanent. Dollar Tree started rolling out the $1.25 base price at their stores in late 2021, with all stores converted to the new price tag during the early part of 2022.What Tree is the US dollar made of? ›
None. Zero. Nada. Not a single tree is cut down to make the great American greenback.How much does a CEO Dollar Tree make? ›
Compensation by Company.
|Thomas W. Dickson||Total Cash $270,000|
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Dollar Tree, Inc. is an American multi-price-point chain of discount variety stores. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, it is a Fortune 500 company and operates 15,115 stores throughout the 48 contiguous U.S. states and Canada.Is it legal to work alone at Dollar General? ›
Sales Associates can not be left alone AT ALL, but you will not find many stores that have many hours for plain old sales associates. Key Holders will get most of the hours because they CAN be alone in the store. Yes, my manager used to leave me by myself at the store from 8am to 5pm on Saturday every week.What do the colored dots mean at Dollar General? ›
You'll see a yellow star, blue dot, etc. They use these symbols to do clearance markdowns. Look for clearance notes around the store that may have all of one symbol on 50% off clearance. 2.Is working at Dollar General Hard? ›
Working at Dollar General is a very fast-paced job where you are expected to be on your toes pretty much your entire shift. When things get moving, they get moving. Ringing up one customer at DG easily turns into 10 or 20, especially if you're the only register in action. Cash registers/computers break a lot.What is the best number to end a price with? ›
Prices ending in 9, 99 or 95. Known as "charm prices," prices ending in 9, 99 or 95 make items appear cheaper than they really are. Since people read from left to right, they are more likely to register the first number and make an immediate conclusion as to whether the price is reasonable.Is everything at Dollar Tree a $1? ›
That's right, despite the name, not all dollar stores sell every item in the store for just a dollar or less. Dollar Tree is an actual dollar store (for the most part). The company recently announced it will sell items in certain locations for more than its typical $1 price.Why is everything $1.25 at the dollar store? ›
The move to a $1.25 price point contributed to "both sales and margin improvements," he said. "Shoppers are responding favorably as the new greater value products hit our shelves." Dollar Tree's comparable sales in the quarter rose by 11.2%.
Just three months later, Dollar Tree changed course. The company said late last month it was throwing away those Everything's $1 signs and walking away from its 35-year brand identity, announcing plans to raise prices to $1.25 on the vast majority of its merchandise at all stores by around May 2022.Is Dollar Tree still making money? ›
Dollar General's revenue rose 9 percent in the second quarter, versus the same period last year, to $9.4 billion, and its profit grew more than 6 percent. Dollar Tree's revenue increased nearly 7 percent in the quarter, to $6.8 billion, and its profit jumped 27 percent.Who is the largest dollar store chain in the United States? ›
1. Dollar General. Dollar General is, by a significant margin, the largest dollar store chain in the United States.Did Walmart buy Dollar General? ›
Walmart does not own Dollar General.
It also doesn't belong to any specific large grocery chain. However, it's owned by private equity investors. These include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Citigroup Private Equity, and GS Capital Partners. Fun Fact: the chain store started as a family-owned business.
I went to the World's Largest Dollar Tree ! Today I take you around the World's Largest Dollar Tree located in Burlington, North Carolina. Come Dollar Tree sho...Is Walmart cheaper than dollar? ›
Is Dollar Tree cheaper than Walmart? The short answer is that yes, Dollar Tree can be cheaper than Walmart when it comes to buying certain things. This is based on the unit price you'll pay at Dollar Tree vs.How much does it cost to own a dollar store? ›
How much does the Dollar Store Services franchise cost? Dollar Store Services has no franchise fee and royalty fee, with a total initial investment range of $76,900 to $366,900.Why Dollar Tree selling items at more than a dollar? ›
The company attributes its price increases to supply chain issues, "higher freight costs and other inflationary pressures." This marks the end of a discount era as Dollar Tree has been known for selling items for no more than $1 for more than 40 years.How much does a store owner make a month? ›
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Dollar General, which operates more than 17,000 stores in 46 US states, has in-store surveillance systems to help prevent shoplifting. Thousands of the variety discount stores have interactive security monitoring services, panic buttons, and two-way phones, according to Query Sprout.What are new Dollar General stores going to be called? ›
Dollar General plans to greatly expand its retail footprint this year. The company said it plans to open 1,110 new stores in 2022, including 100 new pOpshelf stores and new DG Fresh distribution centers.Who owns the most stock in Dollar General? ›
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Walmart doesn't have any affiliations with Lowe's. The two companies are entirely separate, and they don't have any ownership stake in each other. However, both companies are large retailers.Is Costco owned by Walmart? ›
Despite being two large big box stores, Costco and Walmart are not affiliated in any way. Both companies are multinational corporations, and neither are owned by a larger parent company. Costco is a publicly traded multinational retail corporation owned by the Costco Wholesale Corporation.Is Target owned by Walmart? ›
The answer, quite simply, is no; Target is not owned by Walmart. It is, in fact, owned by the Target Corporation, a separate business that was once known as the Dayton-Hudson Corporation, which changed its name in 2000, and CEO Brian Cornell is the head of the company. Read more: Does Walmart Own Costco? (2022 Guide)What things should you not buy? ›
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In this article, Doyle states that the research firm Telsey Advisory Group estimates that approximately 42 percent of the products that Dollar Tree sells are made in China. About 23 percent of what Family Dollar sells is imported merchandise, much of it from China.What dollar store had rodents? ›
The F.D.A. said in February that more than 1,100 dead rodents were found inside the distribution center in West Memphis, Ark., after it was fumigated. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share.
Sometimes, products hit the dollar stores because of damage or lack of freshness. BUT, they are often just offered cheaper because they operate on slimmer margins than grocery stores. Many items were surplus or overstock items from a company.Does the dollar store have security cameras? ›
Dollar General, which operates more than 17,000 stores in 46 US states, has in-store surveillance systems to help prevent shoplifting.Is glassware from Dollar Tree Safe? ›
Glassware, Cups, and Mugs
There's a decent selection of glassware in most dollar stores, and they're perfectly safe for the home. They're not made of inferior glass that will shatter when you breathe on them. The glasses may not be the most current styles, and you may not get exactly the shape you were looking for.
This is formally termed a "discretionary purchase". For example, from the synopsis of the book "Why People Buy Things They Don't Need"What can I stop buying to save money? ›
- Fast food. ...
- Bottled water. ...
- Takeout coffees. ...
- Sale items you do not need. ...
- Gym memberships/subscriptions. ...
- Cable TV subscription. ...
- New books and/or magazines. ...
- New cell phones.
Minimalists typically don't buy single-use items such as disposable plates, plastic straws, paper napkins, plastic/paper coffee cups, plastic shopping bags, packaged water bottles, etc. Not only these items create unnecessary clutter in your house but some of them also have really terrible effects on the environment.What are the two things that money can't buy? ›
The two things that money cannot buy are time and peace.
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