For Family Dollar, there’s big business in the neighborhood

In a recent ranking of the top 100 U.S. retailers, Family Dollar wasn’t close to cracking the top 10. But you will find plenty of the discount stores in many of Chicago’s black or low-income neighborhoods where crème of the crop retailers won’t go.

Scott Mushkin, managing director at Wolfe Research, based in New York, has observed Family Dollar stores across the country in his 15 years researching the retail industry.

“I’m not trying to be crass about this at all,” he...

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