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How Dollar Stores Impact Communities

A dollar store in Dayville, Ct.
A dollar store in Dayville, Ct.

Dollar stores are convenient when you need quick access to toilet paper, snacks, greeting cards, and craft supplies. 

But in some communities, residents are forced to rely on those stores for everything as dollar stores push out competitors.

An ordinance proposed in Cleveland would limit the number of dollar stores in the area. Cleveland is one of the few cities across the country attempting to change dollar store zoning laws.

Today on All Sides, we take a look at how and why cities are looking to limit the reach of the dollar store.


  • Erica Thompson, Assistant Editor for Columbus Alive Magazine
  • John Lathram III, North Linden AreaCommission Chair
  • Louis Hyman, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Institute for Workplace Studies, Cornell University 
  • Cliff Keheley, City Manager of Mesquite, Texas

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