I thought the same thing about DG - no fresh food, very inflated prices - and this was definitely true when it was my local store in 2012. But I was surprised to visit a new Dollar general in rural-ish Kansas last Thanksgiving - it was really a grocery store, with all the standard meat, dairy and produce you'd see at a regular grocery - and prices were competitive for groceries, merchandise including OTC medicines, and for gas. Ironically, it opened in a spot Wal-Mart opened - and quickly closed - a "Neighborhood Market" a few years back.The only variable - the more expensive DG I frequented five years ago is much more rural - 25-30 miles to a Wal-Mart with nothing in between - whereas the new one is only about 12 miles past suburban Wichita.
Greetings: I was raised and lived in the city. Then moved to very rural poor area. The author is quite accurate in a lot of ways. Our DG is across the street from a new Family Dollar. They often come in pairs. Our DG does carry milk, eggs, bread, and various necessities. Both are all over rural areas in Texas, and they do a pretty good business and serve a need for the people. It would be very interesting and enlightening if the author did a similar investigation on "services" in rural area ... examples: Medical care, employment agencies, mental health treatment, Good article!
Peter Funt, "many shoppers have never heard" of Dollar General? Well you certainly must live in an upscale part of America. Not only are they in rural areas they are in my city as well. I don't know anyone around here who hasn't heard of at least one Dollar chain.
I've lived in the rurals.
You keep chickens at least, that way you have something to do with leftovers other than plow them into the garden, and you always have eggs. If you've got any land at all you raise sheep or goats, that takes care of a lot of your meat needs. Geese or ducks work out well too.
I'm assuming "frozen" means you can get bacon and things like that there. As for veggies, you can produce your own; at least keep collard greens going just about year-round.
You should not be drinking sodas so who cares what sizes they're sold in? Same goes for chips, candy, essentially junk.
What bugged me about living in the rurals is, no work for half the year, tending the animals and garden becomes your part-time job, and frankly it seems like 90% of the people probably think Trump would make a great president if he weren't so "gat-danged left wing".
Think you're funny, fool? I live in rural PA and I not only have to buy at Dollar General, but they just opened up a Dollar Tree, which is even cheaper. There are no decent jobs out here unless you're lucky enough to work for a fracking company. And all that's done is price the poor out of rentals. Trump and his minions are killing us and you remain an idiot supporter.
How long did you write for SNL?
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