These stores have found a major marketing niche. They even have their own trade shows. Some, like the "99 Cent Only Store" sell absolutely everything for 99 cents or a submultiple (2/$.99, 3/$.99, etc.). Other stores bend the rules to be "many things for only $1" (this defeats the point, and these stores do not seem to be nearly as successful). Some things, like drinks, can be had for less than half the price of anywhere else (i.e. Sobe's 2/$.99). Other items (a can of beans) are no cheaper than a discount supermarket. Some stores have mostly party items and other non-essentials, but some have useful staples (i.e. food).


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2005-11-28 21:58:17 If you are wondering why they wouldn't work here, it's because Davisites are not as price conscious, and want upscale products over inexpensive products. Also, rent is much higher here. This is why Cost Plus World Market can work. An upscale store like Trader Joe's should do fine. —SteveDavison

2005-12-23 11:37:22   Yeah, so much for Dollar stores not working in Davis. See this Enterprise Article. I personally think Trader Joes would work here. And I know TJs likes big interscetions, but Davisites would go out of their way to go to TJs. It's just the perfect fit. —JaimeRaba

2005-12-29 08:31:14   I go to the Dollar Tree in Woodland occasionally to get cheap candles, tupperware, sponges, kleenix, plastic baggies, and candy. Probably not worth the drive alone, but when I'm already there, I stop in. I'd definitely go to a Dollar Store in Davis if they had one. —AlexPomeranz

2006-05-23 14:38:27   I heard there is supposed to be a Dollar Store coming to davis thats going to be where the old Ralphs used to be. Anyone know about this? —MyaBrn

2006-05-23 14:51:26   As an added note, I disagree with SteveDavison's assertion that a dollar store wouldn't work in Davis. Students here are generally _very_ price conscious, and last time I checked, Davis has a lot of students. :) —AlexPomeranz