New Maps Show Alarming Pattern of Dollar Stores’ Spread in U.S. Cities

Date: 20 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Original maps from eight U.S. cities show how numerous dollar stores have become in urban America and reveal a striking pattern between dollar store locations and neighborhood income and race. We discuss each local context, presenting evidence for why these patterns have emerged and how some cities are beginning to check the spread of dollar chains. … Read More

Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back.

Date: 6 Dec 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Although dollar stores sometimes fill a need in places that lack basic retail services, there’s growing evidence that these stores are not merely a byproduct of economic distress. They’re a cause of it. In small towns and urban neighborhoods alike, dollar stores are leading full-service grocery stores to close. And their strategy of saturating communities with multiple outlets is making it impossible for new grocers and other local businesses to take root and grow.… Read More

The Impact of Dollar Stores and How Communities Can Fight Back (Fact Sheet)

Date: 6 Dec 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

National dollar store chains, including Dollar General and Dollar Tree, have seen huge growth over the past decade. These stores are also feeding more Americans than Whole Foods is. New research from ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative documents the rapid rise of dollar stores and their damaging effects on the local economies of cities and small towns. Explore our two-page fact sheet to learn more about dollar store impacts and strategies to take action.… Read More

Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Date: 15 Nov 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Co-hosts Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue speak with Tulsa City Councilwoman, Vanessa Hall-Harper. Earlier this year, the city council of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed an ordinance restricting dollar stores from building new locations in north Tulsa, a predominantly African-American area. … Read More

Bloomberg Businessweek Profiles Cities that Restrict Chains to Free More Space for Local Businesses

Date: 26 Jan 2018 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A piece by Nick Leiber explores how cities are using caps on “formula” retailers to ensure that local businesses have ample opportunities to secure space and grow. … Read More

Watch San Francisco’s AnMarie Rodgers on How the City’s Formula Business Policy Works

Date: 5 Dec 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this 30-minute talk, AnMarie Rodgers, Senior Policy Advisor in the City of San Francisco Planning Department, breaks down the nuts-and-bolts of San Francisco’s pioneering formula business ordinance. She talks about how the city implemented the policy, how it works and how well it works — and what advice she has for other cities that want to do it too.… Read More

Faulty Study Ignores Small Business Benefits

Date: 5 Mar 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last month, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis issued a new study concluding that the city’s policy restricting the spread of chain stores is harming the local economy. But the OEA’s sweeping conclusion rests on bad data and a deeply flawed analysis that misses many of the benefits of independent business. In this article for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, we detail exactly how the study gets it wrong.… Read More

To Beat Retail Monopolies, We Need to Shed Our Consumer Identity

Date: 7 Dec 2006 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of communities are fighting back against the rising power of large retail stores like Wal-Mart. But real change won’t come until we stop thinking of ourselves as consumers and start thinking of ourselves as engaged citizens.… Read More

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