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The Dollar Store is raising prices 25%. The vast majority of goods they sell will be priced at $1.25 starting in 2022. If you use the Dollar Store as a proxy for inflation rather than the Consumer Price Index, inflation is closer to 25% than the widely reported 6%.

The company — one of America's last remaining true dollar stores — said Tuesday it will raise prices from $1 to $1.25 on the majority of its products by the first quarter of 2022. The change is a sign of the pressures low-cost retailers face holding down prices during a period of rising inflation.

Selling stuff strictly for $1 hampered Dollar Tree, the company said, and forced it stop selling some "customer favorites." Raising prices will give Dollar Tree more flexibility to reintroduce those items, expand its selection and bring new products and sizes to its stores.

Dollar Tree also said that hiking prices will help the company increase its profit margins by "mitigating historically high merchandise cost increases," including freight and distribution costs, as well as wage increases.

"This is the appropriate time to shift away from the constraints of the $1 price point," CEO Michael Witynski said in a statement.

The end of dollar stores

Dollar Tree carries primarily seasonal goods, toys, stationary, home decor, kitchenware and party items.

It caters to suburban, middle-income shoppers, unlike Dollar General (DG), its more rural-focused rival. Family Dollar — owned by Dollar Tree — targets mostly low-income shoppers in cities.

Dollar Tree has sold products at $1 for 35 years and was the last of the major dollar store chains to actually be a dollar store. (The company was called "Only $1.00" in the late part of the 20th century, before changing its name to Dollar Tree in 1993.)

Dollar Tree had started moving away from only offering goods for $1 in recent years, in part as a response to pressure on Wall Street to raise prices. Dollar Tree has lagged Dollar General and other discount chains.

In 2019, an activist investor took a stake in the company and pressed the chain to raise prices. The group ended its fight after Dollar Tree announced it planned to test different prices.

In September, Dollar Tree sa...
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