In response to Tanvi Misra’s 12-20-18 “Citylab” article, entitled: “Dollar Store Backlash.”
In some parts of the country there are NIMBY movements against the proliferation of Dollar Stores. Why are such stores perceived as threats?
They follow economic misery. ‘The retail meltdown…higher-end retailers in malls and shopping centers have shuttered, or consolidated. Compact low-budget Dollar Stores have easily slipped into vacant spaces left behind.’
Wages at these retail outlets tend to be lower. And there are fewer employees.
Dollar store products–especially convenience food items can cost more than at Costco or Wal-Mart.
Local retailers could be driven out of business. The same things were said about Wal-Mart stores.
Economically disadvantaged Dollar Store shoppers are discouraged from healthy eating.
Implications are that Dollar Stores contribute to “food deserts” and encourage racial disparity.
I suspect some of the areas petitioning against new Dollar Stores are the same areas that discouraged new Wal-Marts.
For an occasional can of beans, chicken broth, tomato puree to finish a recipe–my five minutes away Dollar Store, is better than Wal-Mart, thirty minutes away.
Close down my nearby Dollar General? NIMBY–not in my backyard.