Metropolis of Toledo contemplating moratorium on low cost shops

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Stores like Dollar General and Dollar Tree fall under the category being considered for the moratorium. The argument is that they bring no value to the community.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Toledo is one step closer to extending its moratorium on small retailers like Family Dollar and Dollar General in Toledo. The argument: the shops offer no value to the neighborhoods they are moving to.

There are $ 19 general stores across the city of Toledo.

Add Family Dollar and Dollar Tree and that number is even higher.

What some people say is enough. They tell the city that they don’t want to show up anymore.

“Box stores, including Dollar Stores and Dollar General, are deliberately targeting low-income neighborhoods and are cancerous in those neighborhoods,” said Rev. Dr. Donald Perryman.

Perryman believes these businesses are of no benefit to the surrounding neighborhoods and actually attract problems. He says just because there is an open space is not a good reason to add a new business to someone else.

“Are you saying that people should accept trash because that’s all that’s available?” Or should we keep looking for different options? Better options? “Said Perryman.

Perryman says the city should instead encourage local grocers to open up. However, Dollar General spokesman Crystal Luce calls it a misconception that these stores should be treated as grocery stores.

“Basically, we’re not a grocery store, we’re a general retailer, so we have a variety of groceries in every store, and there are healthier components in every Dollar General Store,” said Luce.

As for the argument that her stores don’t promote anything for nutrition, she says three of the 19 locations in Toledo will have fresh produce by the end of the month.

“When we have the opportunity to serve customers with healthier options including products, that’s what we want to do,” said Luce.

According to Luce, Dollar General has put all expansion plans in Toledo on hold because of the current moratorium.

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