Dollar stores on the rise across deep East Texas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - East Texans say dollar stores are the way to go. They're showing up all over the area and customers say they're thrilled to see the new stores.

"I don't know why they've been popping up, but there's money made in these dollar stores and they give people cheaper prices than these regular big stores do," said customer Edward West.

From Lufkin, to Wells, and even Central, several dollar stores are opening across the region.

"There are good buys there and you can get just about anything you want from clothing to cleaning, to milk, bread, anything you want, you can find at the dollar store," said customer Betty Hawkins.

Store officials said for rural communities, the stores have been a long time coming.

"We're wanting to reach out to the smaller communities and with times the way they are right now, a lot of people are reaching out to the type of stores like Dollar General to buy your canned goods and all the different staples you would need in your household," said Wells Dollar General Manager Paige Glover.

Glover said they do everything they can to make this a one-stop shop for customers. For example, the cooler section is larger so they can offer things like ground beef and sirloin steaks.

"Oh yes, just one stop and you get just about anything you want in this one store," said West.

A Family Dollar is going up just down the road from the number one Dollar General store in the region. The manager welcomes the competition. More than 600 customers come to the Central Dollar General every day.

"They try to locate them around subdivisions or really populated areas or your rural areas as well where people don't want to have to drive further in," said Central Dollar General Manager Scott Floyd.

He said when new stores come along, people don't stop going to one they just go to all of them.

"To me, this would be like a mini-Wal-Mart right here because Wells is such a small place," said Kasie Reeves.

Customers said they all go for the same reason, it's convenient.

The Central store said they've already almost sold out of their back to school items.

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