I grew up listening to my grandma and my parents telling me stories about shopping at the "five and dime" or buying "penny candy." I doubt a 5 or a dime buys much of anything these days and penny candy seems relegated to fairy tales. No, Aster, will have to listen to me talk to her someday about the dollar stores that once proliferated. I am sure by the time she is an adult she'll be seeing "$20 Depots" around or something like that. There's a lot of dollar drama going on right now as the "big three" - Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Family Dollar - try to become the "big two."
There are three dollar stores within, literally, a 5 minute drive of where I live. I will occasionally run in for batteries, drain cleaner, or sundries, something we might have missed at our weekly grocery shopping trip. But I guess I have two questions: how many dollar stores does your hometown have? Does mine just have more than most, or is this the norm everywhere? And who shops in them and what do you buy? How do these stores compare to say, Costco, or even Wal-Mart?
3 Dollar General Stores
3 Family Dollars
1 Big Lots
1 Grandview Weekend Outlet
In a city the size of mine - 42,000 - that is approximately one dollar store for every 4600 people.
Expand beyond the city limits just slightly and several more Dollar Generals enter the mix. And we also have a Wal-Mart. All of this brings me back to the question: is this in the norm? How many dollar stores do you have near where you live?
By the way, I did put Aldi's into the mix above but they are sort of a different animal from the usual dollar store. My town also has a Salvation Army store and a Goodwill Store, but those aren't true discount shops. We also have a Wal-Mart here which also seems to be a bit different of a beast.