This week while researching my story about the rise of dollar stores in York County, I had an epiphany.
Dollar stores, with a smaller footprint than grocery stores or big box stores, can — and do — fit easily into urban spaces.
As part of the growth of dollar stores, most have explored expanding their inventory to include perishable foods like meat, and in some instance, even produce.
As grocery stores move out of cities and into the suburbs where they can keep their expansive floor plans and large parking lots, they leave behind a food desert. Suddenly, convenience stores are the main sources for food for many people.
Could dollar stores be the format to bring fresh food back to urban populations?
What do you think?