Dollar General isn't doing enough to bring healthy food to low-income Americans Print
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Monday, 23 December 2019 00:00

Darya Minovi reports for CNN Business on December 20, 2019
75% of Dollar General stores are located in communities of 20,000 or fewer people. What's more, these locations are typically at least 15 miles away from a full-service grocery store, leaving families with limited options for food... Dollar stores are able to sell products at unbeatable prices because of their simple business model. Operating costs are kept low by employing only a handful of people to stock aisles and limiting the amount of cold storage, which is necessary for fresh food. This is a business model that promotes nutritionally poor food and beverages to low-income customers. Dollar General opens stores in communities that grapple with gaps in food access that need to be addressed. But the retailers' approach to growth is rapid saturation, effectively boxing out the competition... <Meanwhile> People with low incomes face a significantly higher burden of diet-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, than those with higher incomes and tend to have less access to quality medical care to prevent or address those health conditions.
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