Dollar stores are the fastest-growing food retailers for homes in the U.S., according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health Thursday, as more households shift away from grocery stores and supermarkets amid rising food prices.
More homes are spending money on food at dollar stores, researchers found.
Researchers from Tufts University found that the average spending on food purchases per household at dollar stores increased by 89.7% between 2008 and 2020, according to an analysis of approximately 50,000 homes across the U.S.
Homes in rural areas spent more on food purchases at dollar stores than any other region with an increase of 102.9% in average spending.
The researchers note that while food purchases at dollar stores still represent a small percentage of total food purchases (2.1%) in the U.S., households spent…