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Dollar stores get spruced up; deals less clear cut

Ducking into a dollar store to pick up soda and a bag of cookies might save you time and effort, but will you save money?

Major chains such as Dollar General and Family Dollar Stores have accelerated their growth by transforming their stores with wider aisles and better lighting and adding more name brands. They’re shedding their image as depots for misfit merchandise.

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