by Chris McGreal @Guardian
Dollar General 正在以每天三家新店的速度快速在美國擴張，他主要的目標是一些 Walmart 不願意去的鄉下城鎮 (一般位於食物沙漠，附近沒有生鮮超市) 或城市內較爲破敗的社區。它們門店的數量目前已經超過了麥當勞的餐廳數量，利潤也不斷上升，甚至超過了一些傳統的大型零售商。根據該公司估計，美國大約有四分之三的人口離最近的 Dollar General 門店只有五英里 (约八公里) 不到的距离。
由于 Dollar General 如此熱門，他們能向計劃進駐的城鎮要求諸如水電費補貼等租稅減免，有時城鎮甚至主動請求 Dollar General 入駐，其主要的談判籌碼是它能給該城鎮帶來更多稅金的願景，然而，這個願景並不一定能夠被實現：
In Haven, the former mayor Mike Alfers conceded that the promised financial advantage of Dollar General has largely been lost with the closure of the Foodliner. It is now a fitness centre, with the old grocery store sign still hanging outside. Sales tax revenue for the town rose by more than $60,000 between the years before and after the Dollar General opened. But the Foodliner alone was collecting around $75,000 a year in sales tax which is now gone.
由於他們極強的價格優勢，他們一般能成功將當地的雜貨店、生鮮超市等店家的客源搶走，從這個角度來看，他們消滅的本地商家以及稅收並不一定能被 Dollar General 的稅收給補上。另外，以 Walmart 擴店擠壓本地店家生意的前例爲鑑，他們也有可能在本地店家倒閉之後關閉門店，造成當地最後什麼店家都沒有的窘境：
The council also took on board what happened in a town an hour north-east of Buhler when a small Walmart moved in, put two grocery stores out of business and then shut down, leaving the town with nothing.
另外， Dollar General 銷售的加工食品也是導致美國大量肥胖、糖尿病等健康問題的原因之一，他們擠走生鮮超市之後造成購買生鮮的難度增高，可能造成當地人更嚴重的健康問題。
有些城鎮意識到了這些潛在的問題，積極的阻擋 Dollar General 這類連鎖低價商店入駐。然而，這類零售商所具備的價格以及規模化優勢可能遲早勢不可擋。當地的店家對此也試圖作出一些因應措施，但目前無法確定是否足夠：
The threat from Dollar General prompted Keith to evaluate his way of doing business. He was already in the process of building a larger shop just down the road from the existing one, but now it will incorporate hot foods such as chicken and a salad bar. It will also open later.
另外，經濟大環境的變化也是重要的影響因素，鄉村地區的低薪資造成人們無法負擔生鮮，以及越來越多人出城/跨城工作導致越來越長的通勤時間，造成在本地商店消費的機會變少，開在城鎮邊界主要道路邊的 Dollar General 對這些族群格外有吸引力：
With decent paying jobs increasingly scarce in rural Kansas, a good part of the population of Buhler and Haven work in large towns with ready access to a range of rivals from Walmart to farmers markets. It’s easier for residents of what have become bedroom communities to stop at a major store on the way home from work and only use the local grocery shop for last-minute supplies such as milk.
- Variety store/pound shop/dollar store: a retail store that sells a wide range of inexpensive household goods.
- Food desert: an area, especially one with low-income residents, that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Or as defined by the department of agriculture as a rural community where one-third of residents live more than 10 miles from a grocery store selling fresh produce.