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The New York Times: As Dollar Stores Proliferate, Some Communities Say No

Date: 1 Mar 2023 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 1, The New York Times reported on the growing opposition to chain dollar stores in communities across the U.S., drawing extensively from ILSR’s recent report, The Dollar Store Invasion. An excerpt from the article, authored by Michael Corkery, follows:

More than one-third of all stores that opened in the United States in 2021 and 2022 were dollar stores. Dollar General alone opened 2,060 locations during those years, far more than any other retailer, according to Coresight Research, and the company now operates 19,000, more than twice as many as Walmart and Target combined.

“As divided as Americans are politically, there’s remarkable agreement that too much of what passes as a legitimate business model is, in fact, fundamentally destructive and unfair,” said Stacy Mitchell, a co-executive director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “Federal policymakers have let big corporations run amok. Cities and towns of all stripes have learned that if you want to protect your community, you have to do it yourself.”

Read the full article here.

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Andrew Frank was the Digital Communications Manager at ILSR, where he worked to maximize the reach of the organization’s initiatives, research, and reporting online.