"The business model for these stores is built on a saturation basis," said Julia McCarthy, senior policy expert at the NGO Center for Science in Public Interest and a critic of dollar stores. "When you have so many dollar stores in one neighborhood, there's no incentive for a full-service grocery store."
Opponents also express concern that dollar stores do not offer fresh products. Dollar General and its rivals in the dollar shop most often sell snacks, beverages, canned food and vegetables, household supplies and personal care products at the lowest prices. to take food and the most important products at low prices. "In rural areas without existing grocery stores, the dollar can be seen as an asset," said Christopher Meret, director of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at West Indies University. Dollar stores bring new revenue from sales and real estate taxes for cities, create jobs and expand customer shopping opportunities, he adds.
The dollar stores see an opportunity to grow even more in America. Dollar General and Dollar Tree have plans to open an additional 24,000 locations.
But MPs from across the country are pushing away.
"While dollar stores have spread to our community, healthy food options have dried up," said Birmingham Mayor Randall Wuffin to CNN Business. The new measure will help Birmingham to attract and retain the groceries in the city's food deserts, he said.
Growing dollar stores
Dollar stores have been in existence for decades. But they have thrived in the United States since the recession of 2008, when more and more Americans have been forced to tighten their spending.
Although the US economy has strengthened in recent years, the popularity of stores in dollars continues. Salaries for a large number of Americans have increased only modestly. People living salary for salary have been a great benefit for dollar stores, and chains have reached higher income buyers looking for discounts.
"While the economy is doing very well, our main client continues to struggle," said Todd Vassos, CEO of the dollar last year. The company's major clients earn about $ 40,000 a year or less, $ 20,000 below average earnings.
Dollar General mainly serves low- and middle-income clients in rural and suburban areas. The dollar tree is meant to shop in suburban and middle income while the family dollar focuses on urban and rural low income customers.
Dollar General seems to build shops in rural areas where a large retailer or grocery store is not within 15 or 20 miles. About 75% of Dollar General's stores are in cities with 20,000 people or less, and the chain has its largest footprint in the southern states. [Dollar General има повече магазини само в Тексас, отколкото Costco и Whole Foods правят комбинирани в национален мащаб.]