The Rise of Dollar Stores:  How the Proliferation of Discount Stores May Limit Healthy Food Access

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This fact sheet from the Center for Science in the Public Interest describes how dollar stores are rapidly multiplying, especially in low-income and rural areas, where larger, national grocers are less prevalent. Dollar stores’ shelves are stocked with fewer options than traditional grocery stores, with a predominance of nutrition-poor items like candy, chips, and soda. Healthy food options are limited. To improve access to nutritious foods and beverages, dollar stores should stock more fresh, healthy options.

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