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2018-09-12 / Letters to the Editor

Letter TO THE EDITOR

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All letters reflect the opinion of the letter writer and not necessarily the opinion of the Newberry News. To the Editor

When I heard that Dollar General wanted to build a store in Curtis, I was sickened. All I could imagine was driving along Curtis road on a dark starry night and then boom—seeing the yellow glare of a Dollar General store with its high sugar foods, alcohol and tobacco products right across the street from an elementary school that’s devoted to environmental studies. I expect more traffic and a less-than-aesthetically-pleasing building greeting those who enter town from the west.

I foresee empty storefronts (Lakeside, Curtis Service and Mick’s Bait Shop, to name a few) that have called Curtis home for generations and made the town the quirky, individualistic place that tourists and townspeople enjoy.

There are many reasons people travel far and wide to visit the area—a cookie-cutter retailer isn’t one of them. There’s a reason that the highly successful Pure Michigan don’t feature pictures of chain stores and suburban sprawl.

I got mad. So I did my research on the company. The corporation has set its sights on opening thousands of stores in rural America (a thousand a year) and would like to set up shop every five miles. It’s on track to have more locations than McDonald’s, between all Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree locations.

(See www.retaildive.com/news/why-dollar-general-will-keep-its-promise-to-buil... for more information.)

They have been called “predatory retail,” had multiple lawsuits for employment and OSHA violations and been known to shutter the doors of small-town retailers in communities across the country. Some communities have experienced heightened crime rates at dollar store locations, and little of the money they make would stay in the U.P.*

I would happily sign any petition to keep them out of this little town that has become such a huge part of my family’s life over the years. Other towns have been successful in keeping out this retail monster. Let’s add Curtis to that list.

Thank you, Newberry News, for covering this.

Kristina Reignier
Curtis

(*From the Editor: In the interest of fairness, the Morning Consult Website offers The Surprising Impact of Your Neighborhood Dollar Store by Joanna Piacenza.

In it, she reports, “The dollar stores offer different charitable contributions: Dollar General puts much of its giving into the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a nearly 25-year-old program aimed at helping employees and customers within 20 miles of its stores tackle education and literacy issues; Dollar Tree generally focuses on assisting military families and helping finance employees’ collegiate goals; and Family Dollar concentrates on small grants to local community groups that provide basic necessities, such as local food banks.”)

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