We compared shopping at Dollar Tree and Dollar General, and the first was so messy, we could barely move in the aisles
- Dollar General and Dollar Tree are two top discount stores.
- Dollar General sells some items for more than a dollar. It plans to open 975 new stores and remodel 1,000 existing stores. Net sales increased by 8.4% in the second quarter.
- Dollar Tree's net sales increased by 3.9% in the second quarter. The company is testing adding more expensive merchandise to some stores to boost sales with its Dollar Tree Plus! initiative.
- We visited both stores and found that Dollar Tree was a complete disaster with a mess that was out of control.
- In contrast, Dollar General was clean, user-friendly, and boasted great in-store features.
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Dollar stores are on the rise. Some chains, it seems, are doing better than others.neck-and-neck with Dollar General in terms of store count and annual sales. The company acquired Family Dollar in 2015, following a bidding war with Dollar General. Its net sales also increased in the second quarter - by 3.9%.
Though almost every item in Dollar Tree stores goes for $1, the company is testing adding more expensive merchandise to some stores to boost sales with its Dollar Tree Plus! initiative.
We visited both stores to see which was better. Dollar Tree was an overall cheaper experience, from the actual prices to the quality of shopping. The store was a disaster to navigate and featured dozens of boxes lining almost every aisle.
Dollar General was a welcome reprieve from the mayhem of Dollar Tree. And though not all of the items there went for $1, Dollar General was the better store by a longshot.
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