Dollar stores have experienced tremendous growth since the Great Recession. Once perceived as low-cost options in economically depressed areas with few, if any, grocery stores, they now emerge as aggressive business ventures that perpetuate inequality and segregation.
Certain communities have started to push back against the proliferation of these stores.
Video Spotlight: Don’t buy these foods at the dollar store
This post is based on the CityLab article, The Dollar Store Backlash Has Begun, by T. Misra, December 20, 2018; and on the YouTube video Don’t buy these foods at the dollar store, by Mashed, November 12, 2018. Image source: ljupco/123RF
1. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of dollar stores?
Guidance: The primary advantages include: a) offering inexpensive grocery items in low-income communities, b) providing a variety of low-cost staples, c) hiring in depressed areas, and d) filling the void left by grocery chains leaving low-income neighborhoods for more affluent ones.
The main disadvantages include: a) offering low-quality, unhealthy foods, not always at the lowest prices, b) pushing other, small grocery stores out of business, thereby exacerbating the “food desert” problem, c) providing low-pay jobs, and d) inadvertently increasing segregation.
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