It is, perhaps, a sign of the times that what used to be called dime stores now are dollar stores. It’s also a sign of the times that they seem to be popping up faster than price hikes on everyday goods.
Like it or not, Marion now appears to be getting a second dollar store. Some think it will make the town a shopping destination. Others think it will make it a food desert, driving fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats out of the market when local sellers of them can’t compete on prices of other goods that subsidize making those items available.
Whatever the outcome, the deal this time around seems a lot sweeter for the dollar store than a deal that fell through last summer.
Rather than pay Marion to buy a lot in its industrial park, the dollar store now will get a lot for free.
Rather than spend money dealing with complicated drainage issues that caused its former choice for location to be set aside as an undeveloped reserve, the dollar store…