Report: FTC Thinks Stores With ‘Dollar’ In Names Mostly Compete With Each Other

Report: FTC Thinks Stores With ‘Dollar’ In Names Mostly Compete With Each Other

Most people think of a dollar store as a store where every item costs $1. This is not the case for Family Dollar, a discount chain, or and Dollar General, one of the suitors seeking to acquire it. Dollar Tree, the company’s other suitor, is a traditional dollar store. As the chains compete to merge, there’s one important question: who do these stores compete with? [More]

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Dollar General Extends Deadline For Family Dollar Offer, Hopes Shareholders Finally Give In To Advances

The drama that is the dollar store wars doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, with Dollar General extending the life of its latest deal to buy Family Dollar out from under Dollar Tree. [More]

Dollar Tree Racked Up $866K In Fines Over Last 12 Months For Workplace-Safety Violations

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Discount retailer Dollar Tree has earned itself the not so great distinction of raking in perhaps more workplace-safety violations in one year than any other business has managed to accumulate: In the last 12 months, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 48 violations to Dollar Tree, charging it $866,000 in fines. [More]

Things Are Getting Hostile In The Dollar Wars: Dollar General Takes Family Dollar Bid To Shareholders

Things Are Getting Hostile In The Dollar Wars: Dollar General Takes Family Dollar Bid To Shareholders

You’d think after two rejections and the proverbial cold shoulder Dollar General would pick up its dignity and go back to hawking dollar times. But no, the dollar store giant just won’t give up on its dream of making dollar love with Family Dollar; this time its taking the hostile route and bringing its thick wallet directly to the smaller store’s shareholders. [More]

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Family Dollar Spurns Dollar General’s Latest Advances, Turns Down $9.1B Offer

Who needs to watch soap operas when there’s so much drama going on in the dollar store world? Love triangles, spurned advances and complicated affairs — the plot continues to thicken as Family Dollar has rejected Dollar General’s latest takeover offer of $9.1 billion, in favor of a merger with Dollar Tree. We imagine someone slapped someone else by this point. [More]

Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

Less than a week after Dollar General officials said they weren’t giving up on a possible relationship with Family Dollar, the No. 1 dollar store made another attempt to woo its target by flashing a huge wad of cash – this time in a much more aggressive manner. [More]

Like A Bad Date, Dollar General Just Won’t Give Up Its Dream Of Happily Ever After With Family Dollar

Like A Bad Date, Dollar General Just Won’t Give Up Its Dream Of Happily Ever After With Family Dollar

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. That’s the stance Dollar General appears to be taking as it continues to court a deal to acquire Family Dollar after being spurned by the smaller dollar store chain last week. [More]

Family Dollar Says “No Thanks” To Deep-Pocketed Suitor Dollar General’s Takeover Attempt

Family Dollar Says “No Thanks” To Deep-Pocketed Suitor Dollar General’s Takeover Attempt

Well, we didn’t exactly see this one coming: Family Dollar has rejected the advances of potential suitor Dollar General and its $9.7 billion bid to buy the smaller dollar store. [More]

Dollar General One-Ups Dollar Tree, Offers $8.95B To Purchase Family Dollar

Dollar General One-Ups Dollar Tree, Offers $8.95B To Purchase Family Dollar

A few weeks ago we warned that a Dollar Store War was nigh. Well, the time has come to ready your crisp ones because Dollar General is flashing some serious cash in an attempt to pull Family Dollar out from under current suitor Dollar Tree. [More]

Let The Dollar Store Wars Begin: Dollar General Reportedly Considering Bid Of Its Own For Family Dollar

Let The Dollar Store Wars Begin: Dollar General Reportedly Considering Bid Of Its Own For Family Dollar

The No. 1 dollar store chain apparently doesn’t like the thought of becoming No. 2. Hot off the heels of Dollar Tree’s $8.5 billion offer to acquire Family Dollar, Dollar General is reportedly considering getting in on the action with a counterbid of its own. [More]

Start Decorating For Halloween In Early August Thanks To Dollar Tree

Start Decorating For Halloween In Early August Thanks To Dollar Tree

It’s the beginning of August, but maybe you like to plan ahead. You’ve already started to stock up on pumpkin spice snacks, and you even picked out your kid’s costume at Costco back in July. The logical next step? It’s time to start shopping for orange decorative lights, streamers, and pumpkin-shaped flashlights for trick-or-treating. At least, that’s what Dollar Tree thinks. [More]

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$8.5 Billion Discount Store Merger: Dollar Tree Purchases Family Dollar

Those dollar purchases really add up, but for Dollar Tree it’s just one proposed purchase that’s creating a rather substantial tab. The discount store recently announced plans to acquire its larger rival Family Dollar. [More]

A map of Family Dollar stores in the Philadelphia area. The chain hopes to open its 11,000th store this year.

Did The Recession Create A Dollar Store Bubble?

Seven years ago, we were flipping houses with loans we received for passing the “Are you currently breathing?” underwriting requirements. Then it all collapsed and we transitioned from shopping at Neiman Marcus to the local dollar stores, which have ballooned in numbers due to a misguided belief that people will remain thrifty. [More]

There Are More Christmas Decorations For Sale At This Dollar Tree Than Halloween Items

There Are More Christmas Decorations For Sale At This Dollar Tree Than Halloween Items

Christmas Creep strikes again, more than four months out from the holiday itself. And this time, it’s maw is gaping so wide, it seems to have swallowed up other upcoming holidays almost completely. Alexander spotted this display at his local Dollar Tree in Michigan earlier this week, noting: “Funny enough, they already had more Christmas decorations for sale than Halloween.  Christmas Creep man… crazy…” [More]

Dollar Tree Recalls 117,000 Glass Candles For Shattering

Dollar Tree Recalls 117,000 Glass Candles For Shattering

117,000 glass votive candle holders sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores have been recalled. They can shatter when they’re lit, leaving glass and fire all over the place where it can cut and/or burn you. [More]

Dollar Tree Recalls 682,000 Halloween Lanterns Because
'Burning Child' Is Not A Great Costume

Dollar Tree Recalls 682,000 Halloween Lanterns Because 'Burning Child' Is Not A Great Costume

With only days to go before Halloween, Dollar Tree has issued a recall for 682,000 Pumpkin, Ghost and Skull Halloween Lanterns over fears of a possible burn and fire hazard. [More]

Dollar Tree Recalls 275,000 Super Hero Flashlights For Being
Too Damn Hot

Dollar Tree Recalls 275,000 Super Hero Flashlights For Being Too Damn Hot

Dollar Tree and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a recall for a trio of toy “projector flashlights” featuring Wolverine, Spider-Man and Iron Man because they can overheat to the point of melting or even bursting into flames. [More]

Man Sues Dollar Tree, Claims Post-Traumatic Stress After Being Bitten By Rat

Man Sues Dollar Tree, Claims Post-Traumatic Stress After Being Bitten By Rat

A Philadelphia-area man claims he’s suffered “mental anxiety and anguish and severe shock to his entire nervous system” and has been unable to work after he was bitten by a rat while shopping for ribbon at a Dollar Tree store in March. So of course he’s filed a lawsuit. [More]