The so-called dollar store, sort of a successor to the five-and-dime, is the latest alternative format to compete with supermarkets for sales of Center Store goods. Candy, detergents, paper products, snacks and household cleaners and laundry supplies are the chief categories in which dollar stores' share is gaining rapidly. Some also sell cookies and crackers, condiments, even frozen foods and packaged bread, and they have aggressive plans for growth. The dollar store has now become ...

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