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Dollar Stores Offering More Groceries and Household Goods

Business has never been better for dollar stores. The demand for products at a dollar price point has grown during the recession; as one retail analyst put it, "They’re killing it because consumers are trading down." Dollar General and Dollar Tree both have hundreds of new store openings planned for this year, and the businesses are scoring leases in locations desperate for reliable retail tenants.

Dollar stores are drawing out their success and attracting new customers by selling more grocery and household goods than before the recession. Dollar Tree has been adding freezers and refrigerators to more of its stores over the past couple years, while Family Dollar has been adding more brands and expanding the goods on its grocery shelves.

Have you noticed any changes in your local dollar store?


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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
pharm_chick I noticed mine a few months ago. I've tried a few things and they're great. People (some) would instantly turn their nose up at this but let me tell you a dollar for a frozen pizza, same brand as my local grocery store with a perfectly fine exp date for $1. I'm in!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i'm not sure that i noticed it more than usual but i know that my husband does tend to get house products from the dollar store. the only downside that we've noticed is that a lot of the time the products are a little inferior and we go through them a LOT faster than usual. so even though we're only paying $1, we're forced to get more of the $1 i'm not sure if we net out in the positive on this one.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
The Big Lots by my house used to have a frozen foods section, but they took out the freezers a couple of years ago. It would be great if they would put them back in.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i was at the 99 cent store today to pick up some other stuff and saw this whole new section of refrigerated food..
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I saw at my local one, that they're selling milk, cheese, pizza, burger, seafood (shrimp), egg, bacon, etc. Sure, they come in smaller packages than what's sold in the normal grocery stores (so you're not really saving that much money, but it's convenient when you don't need much and pressed in time that you don't want to go to a supermarket). I haven't seen too much different with the household product (in fact, I miss my floor wet wipes that I'm depending on--in substitution of Sweeper Swiffer--or whatever).
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I have noticed more foods being offered at the Dollar Tree, but I don't usually buy them because the food at Aldi is actually usually cheaper. I've also noticed a big increase in the amount of household cleaners/items they carry and that's really cool. I like their bathtub mats and they sometimes have really cute little kitchen gadgets that I'll pick up every now and then.
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