Most people like growth of a community.  More amenities can mean more conveniences, and more funding... possibly.  A growth of a town is usually a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing, according to the people who live in that town.


Morgan, Minnesota is a small town about 2 hours south of St. Cloud near Redwood Falls.  Morgan has about 800 people living there.  It's a very small town.  But with that said, they have several churches, two restaurants and one small grocery store.  When the mayor of the town got wind of a Dollar General store looking at building one of their stores just outside of the town limits, he lead the town in putting together and signing a petition to block the expansion of the dollar store.

From the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

The mayor, Jerry Huiras, 76, is protective of the lone grocery, a family business that dates back many generations and operates in a downtown dotted with empty storefronts. So when he got wind in late 2020 that Dollar General was planning to open a store near the town limits, and that this fast-growing national discount chain was known for undercutting local grocers with its low prices, Huiras vowed to prevent that outcome in Morgan.

The mayor is not alone in his thinking that this is a bad thing for small towns across America.  During and after the pandemic, there were several dollar stores that opened all over the country.  People were losing their jobs, or working a lot less hours, or just not bringing in as much money as they were pre-pandemic.  So, dollar stores were a popular fix.  Things aren't all exactly a dollar, but they are close.  You can get almost anything at a dollar store, which can be a problem for small mom and pop type businesses.

Even before the pandemic, there were a lot of the dollar stores that were blocked by small towns where the stores had planned to open.  Yet, they still have had massive growth over the last few years.

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