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Down to Business: Food fueling growth of dollar stores

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Here’s a statistic to chew on: Nearly three-quarters of the sales at Dollar General stores come from food and other consumables. The stores, mostly housed in about 7,300 square feet of cramped space in older retail plazas, last year rang up sales of $14.8 billion at 9,900 locations. This year, the company expects to open 625 stores — the same as in 2011 — which means close to two stores a day. With that kind ...

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