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Published: Aug 30, 2021 5 min read
Triptych of a Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General Stores

It may seem like there's already one everywhere you look. But shoppers should get ready for even more dollar stores to appear in their neck of the woods.

The three main dollar store brands — Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar — have not only survived but thrived through the "retail apocalypse," a global pandemic and beyond. Dollar General opened 1,000 new stores last year and has 1,050 more in the works for 2021. Dollar Tree, which owns Family Dollar, added roughly 500 new dollar stores in 2020 and plans on opening 600 more this year.

Such growth would be impressive — and scary, frankly, for competing retailers — at any time. But the dollar store explosion has been happening while many other traditional retailers have been struggling mightily or experiencing very slow expansion.