Toledo, OH

Ohio Town Fights New Dollar Stores Claiming They Prevent Economic Growth

Bryan Dijkhuizen

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The opinion of the author is his own and has no affiliation with the topic that was included. Sources that are used in this article are the following: CapitalBNews, Civileats, BestLifeOnline, and for information about individuals, he used Wikipedia.


I’ve reported a lot about dollar stores. Dollar General in particular.

They’ve been under fire a lot in the past 18 months for unsafe workspaces or overcharging customers.

But now, a local community in Ohio has started advocating for a ban on dollar stores.

Read on to find out more.

Dollar Stores, 2023

In a recent article by CaptialBNews, a coalition of local ministers in Toledo, Ohio, is actively advocating for a citywide ban on dollar stores.

Their argument is centered around the claim that these chains impede economic growth, hinder job creation, and exacerbate food insecurity in already marginalized areas.

Quote from the article mentioned on BestLifeOnline:

"They're like an invasive species. They overpower all the resources and make the businesses in those neighborhoods vulnerable. That's where dollar stores can thrive," Rev. Donald Perryman, who is leading the fight in Toledo, told Capital B. "No matter what community, the cause of food deserts stem from one route, and that's economic disinvestment in vulnerable communities.”

In 2022, Dollar Tree's spokesperson informed Civil Eats that the company was cognizant of the opposition coming from certain communities.

What do you think about dollar stores in your area?

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