The new corner store: The growth of Dollar General stores brings joy to some, angst to others | News

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FARRELL – When Silas Lee realized – hours before his charitable organization’s event – that he needed several bags of ice, there was only one place to stop.

Dollar General.

“I usually get last-minute stuff,” said Lee, CEO of Chainbreaking Corp., a nonprofit devoted to youth development and outreach.

Lee said he is a regular Dollar General customer, with about one or two trips to the store every week. The attraction stems from the store’s business model – convenience store service with discount shop prices.

“A combination of low prices, and you don’t have to stop at a grocery store for just one or two items,” Lee said.

Dollar stores in general, and Dollar General in particular, seem to be appearing everywhere, and not just locally.

Coresight Research, a firm that…

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