More Cities Pass Laws to Block Dollar Store Chains

Date: 26 Sep 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Fueled by easy cash from Wall Street, two dominant chains are opening thousands of dollar stores across urban and rural communities, and causing economic distress nationwide. Inspired by ILSR’s research, a growing number of cities, including Birmingham, Cleveland, and New Orleans, are now taking legislative action to block new dollar stores and support local grocery store development instead. We take a closer look at this national movement. … Read More

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

City Lab Covers Dollar Store Backlash, ILSR Report Featured

Date: 4 Jan 2019 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In The News: Marie Donahue December 20th, 2018 Media Outlet: City Lab  City Lab, using data obtained in a report from ILSR, dives into the dollar store chain crisis and its negative impacts on working class communities across the United States. Our research associate Marie Donahue explains how dollar stores are feeding off of the growing … Read More

On WCCO News Radio, Marie Donahue Talks Dollar Stores and Food Deserts

Date: 18 Dec 2018 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: December 11th, 2018 Media Outlet: WCCO News Radio Marie Donahue breaks down our recent report on dollar store proliferation for Minneapolis News Radio with host Roshini Rajkumar. Marie explains how the growth in dollar stores harms healthy food options and local businesses and answers questions from listeners calling in. … Listen to the full … Read More

ILSR Report on Dollar Store Growth Featured in Huffington Post

Date: 12 Dec 2018 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue December 7th, 2018 Media Outlet: Huffington Post The Huffington post covered ILSR’s recent report detailing the growing dominance of dollar stores in the retail landscape. Report authors Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue, from our Community-Scaled Economy team, were quoted on the growing epidemic of dollar stores replacing grocery stores in urban and rural … Read More

Report: 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

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