General Discussion Forum / Re: Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. ....« Last post by Capler on Yesterday at 02:01:36 PM »
I don't buy the premise of the article. The author is blaming dollar stores for the closure of supermarkets in low income areas. I have been dealing with this for decades in my community work, and that is simply not the case. Supermarkets started leaving years ago, and for a whole there were few to no stores left in those areas. The dollar stores eventually saw the void and found a way to make a profit serving those communities.
City and community leadership have been trying for decades to get supermarkets to locate to underserved areas, with no success. Even when they offered incentive packages, the dollar stores were the only ones to take the deal. In Greensboro, we had to offer Dollar General a handsome deal to open a store on Phillips Ave. We had to sweeten the pot to get a Family Dollar on MLK. Some folks complained about the opening of those stores, but it was a dollar store or no store. All we could do was to make sure those stores stocked grocery items to serve people who did not have transportation.