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USA Today reports that even as the retail climate becomes more fraught for more players, dollar stores continue their growth unabated.

An excerpt:

“In 2018, Dollar General plans to open 900 new stores. Dollar Tree plans to open 350 more namesake locations and 300 new Family Dollar sites and re-banner 50 Family Dollar locations as Dollar Tree stores. All three chains posted positive comparable-store sales growth in their latest quarters.

“Dollar General focuses on rural areas, while Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are rooted in urban and suburban areas. All three chains try to open their stores closer to lower-income neighborhoods than superstore rivals such as Walmart.
Gas expenses for traveling to the store, time spent shopping and product prices are all key concerns for lower-income shoppers. That allows dollar stores to flourish in an age when many retailers are getting squeezed by the competition.”
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