Growing up in Southwest ATL, I've never liked Family Dollar. The stores weren't glamorous, just slightly organized. If you look at the company's annual 10-K form, you'd see that their target market is low-income African-American's and Hispanics. Because people shop there, it must be a economic void that is being filled. However, where I grew up in Atlanta, there are 6 stores within 5 miles. There's such a thing as economic need but complete over-saturation of the market is another. Waffle Houses aren't even THAT plentiful. They don't bring anything to the community. They have a total of maybe 10 jobs and there's no promise of anyone in the community working there. Family Dollar doesn't bring an new element to these communities, just more of the same mediocrity and defines it as a low-income area. How many Family Dollar's you see in Buckhead? Who's going be adversely affected by spending less on household items? If Family Dollar is good for one person's wallet, it should be good for everyone's wallet. Now these newer Family dollar stores are are prompting people to be more socially active in speaking out considering they may not have acted as organized back when these OLD liquor stores were being built. Seems like only certain new businesses come to black communities. Chicken-wing spots, check cashing spots, beauty supply stores, laundry mats, drug stores, or some low tier retail store like Family Dollar, Deals, or Dollar Tree. Now before I say "No more" to one of the following type stores, I have to figure if I would refer another Family Dollar store not bringing anything to the community or some vacant spot. Just can't seem to win....
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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