Whereas a 5 & 10 might have encompassed 20 to 60,000 square feet on 2 floors, today's typical Dollar General or Family Dollar envelops a modest 7,000 square feet on a single level.
Missing in the new age "small-box discount retail" concept are the trusty 5 & 10 luncheonette, front entrance candy counter (with clerk) and pet department complete with live fish, birds and reptiles.
The Dollar General Store story began with the chain's first mercantile, which opened, in June 1955, in Scottville, Kentucky. At last count, there were stores in thirty-five states.
Family Dollar originated, with a store in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 1959. In the present day, the chain operates in forty-four states.