Change for a Dollar: Slowing Growth for Dollar Stores Sparks Merger Speculation

Change for a Dollar: Slowing Growth for Dollar Stores Sparks Merger Speculation

“The merger of Dollar General and Family Dollar would create the largest small-box retailer in the U.S. and the ‘champion’ for the fill-in trip at affordable prices.” — Edward Kelly, analyst, Credit Suisse

With an entire coast still to populate, and stores meeting a growing shopper demand for value and convenience, there’s still plenty of opportunity for the dollar store channel to grow.

But that hasn’t tempered speculation over what’s next for this rapidly changing channel. Concerns over rising costs of real estate, new competition, effects of an improving economy and eventually an end to so-called “white sp

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