The competition is tougher in the cities and suburbs where Walmarts and Costcos anchor down, but in the most rural parts of America, where big box stores won’t go, dollar stores thrive. Sinha, an associate professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, said that dollar stores, as a category, grew 50 percent from 2010 to 2015.
He described Family Dollar has “multi-price” and geared toward rural and urban communities.
Dollar General, which operates 14,000 stores in the U.
“It’s an attractive spot to stop for their fill-in needs.
People need items at different times of the week.” Berwick, a borough of just over 10,000 in Columbia County, has two Dollar Generals and a Family Dollar.
Some analysts see their proliferation as a bellwether of a widening gap between economic classes.
“Essentially what the dollar stores are betting on in a large way is that we are going to have a permanent underclass in America,” Garrick Brown, director for retail research at the global commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield, told Bloomberg earlier this month.
The nearest Walmart is 22 miles from Emporium, down a two-lane country road in Elk County.
Emporium’s new Dollar General, like many recently opened dollar stores, could expand its food sections beyond the staple of snacks, candy and drinks.
They load up on seasonal decorations and party supplies made in China.
The Dollar General in Mountain Top has a freezer section with pizzas and TV dinners.
Dollar Tree, which bought out Family Dollar in 2015, has both a store and a warehouse there. The median household income is ,154 below the state average.