UNITED STATES (WSYR-TV) — Big chain dollar stores are popping up all over small-town America, but not everyone is happy about it.
Opponents say Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores threaten existing mom and pop stores and discourage supermarkets from opening. As a result, low-income communities have limited access to produce and fresh, healthy food.
Dollar General and Dollar Tree argue they benefit communities by offering shoppers a convenient place to grab food and essentials at rock bottom prices. Still, lawmakers around the country are pushing back by passing legislation or exploring plans to restrict dollar stores in their cities.