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Family Dollar stores are closing. These city officials are happy about it

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When a city councilor in Tulsa, Oklahoma learned that Family Dollar was closing nearly 1,000 stores, she expressed satisfaction. The closures shed light on the risks of communities depending heavily on dollar store chains. Critics argue that these closures may prompt cities to prioritize independent supermarkets and create alternative retail options. Tulsa had previously implemented legislation restricting the growth of major dollar store chains, and many other cities have followed suit. Dollar General and Dollar Tree argue that these restrictive measures limit customer choice, convenience, and affordability. Critics claim that the expansion of dollar stores has led to a decline in grocery stores and fresh produce consumption for low-income households. Dollar stores have faced opposition due to their business practices and tactics, facing scrutiny for targeting low-income and minority neighborhoods. The stores have also been criticized for attracting crime, violence, and sanitation issues. Local opponents argue that Family Dollar’s closures underscore the need for independent stores and a wider array of retail options. However, efforts to introduce alternative retail models have proven challenging, with both large chains and independent stores struggling. Stronger antitrust enforcement and investment in capital programs for small businesses are seen as necessary to revitalize independent grocers and level the playing field in the grocery sector. Consolidation and a lack of antitrust enforcement have contributed to the decline of independent grocers in many communities. The Federal Trade Commission continues to investigate practices that disadvantage independent stores and has sued to block proposed mergers. The absence of grocery stores in small towns and poor communities is attributed to consolidation and a lack of antitrust enforcement.