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Dollar General seeks to reshape small towns


Last updated 6/16/2021 at 9:49am

By Brian Depew, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs

Dollar General has become a ubiquitous feature of America's small towns. The discount retailer is opening about 1,000 stores per year, with more than 16,000 spread across the country. 

Many local economic developers see the discount retailer as a threat to local retail.

Other economic developers argue Dollar General creates jobs and helps keep shoppers in town. I get it. In thousands of miles spent traversing the rural Midwest, I have found myself in small towns with no other retail or grocery options.

The irony is that this solu...

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