New York (CNN Business) As dollar stores sweep across America, they are facing growing scrutiny from opponents who argue that discount chains stifle local competition and limit poor communities’ access to healthy food.
“Our core customer continues to struggle,” Dollar General’s CEO said last year. Dollar General has more than 15,000 stores in the United States. A sign hangs over the cash register at a Dollar General store in Creve Coeur, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Dollar General Corp. will report first quarter earnings on Monday, June 4, 2012. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Dollar store growth
Dollar Tree targets suburban, middle-income shoppers. A customer leaves a Dollar Tree, Inc. dollar store after shopping in Shelbyville, Kentucky, U.S. on Friday, May 15, 2015. Dollar Tree is expected to release quarterly earnings on Wednesday, May 20. Photographer : Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg
Cleveland Councilman Blaine Griffin has introduced a moritorium on new dollar store openings in the city.