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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Dollar General To Open In Vandalia As Two Area Kmarts Close

Dollar General has opened hundreds of stores a year for the last few years.
Credit Random Retail / Flickr/Creative Commons

This weekend is the grand opening of a new Dollar General in Vandalia; the chain has been growing steadily in the region even as another discount store, K-Mart, has announced closures in Fairborn and Springfield.

Ever since the recession, low-cost discount stores like Kmart have seen competition from below, with smaller discount stores with low prices experiencing record growth. Dollar General has been one of the biggest winners: all over the country the stores are getting bigger and offering more, including cheap grocery products.

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The Economy & Business
10:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Costco Breaking Ground In Centerville

An aerial shot of the Cornerstone development in Centerville, where a new Costco will soon be under construction.
Credit Oberer Companies

Work will get underway soon on a site for the Dayton-area’s first Costco store after Oberer Realty closed a deal Monday to make Costco the anchor tenant in its Cornerstone development. The development in Centerville, just off I-675, has been around for five years, but most tenants for the site are still in negotiations and haven’t been announced.

George Oberer, Oberer Companies CEO, says even though Cornerstone is just beginning to fill up, he’s not worried about keeping the development occupied.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Future Of Empty Big Boxes: WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Sarah Schindler

Trotwood City Council member Bruce Kettelle protests outside the Target slated to close May 3.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

In January, Target announced plans to close its store in the northwest Dayton suburb of Trotwood, prompting a strong reaction from many residents and city leaders. The larger picture for Trotwood is that this inner suburb has lost nearly 11 percent of its population in a decade, and the majority of its big box stores—once the mainstay of the town—have packed up and left.

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