The credit crunch and the housing slowdown may have slowed new real estate development, and a rash of retail bankruptcies are sending many shopping center owners into a panic, but there's at least one sector of the retail world for whom the economy has not been a complete disaster. Value discounters such as Dollar General have signaled their intention to expand every bit as quickly this year as they did when the economy was roaring — only now, their choice of locations and their leverage ...

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