"The Dollar Store"

Dollar Tree for many is the go-to spot for the most affordable items. Depending on the size of the store you can find a bit of everything; cards, gift wrap, refrigerated foods, dry goods, decor, crafting supplies and more, and all for just $1. Those days may be ending soon.

The Writing on The Wall

A couple of years ago retail chain Five Below, which was named because every item was $5 and below, started selling items for as much as $10. And now, largely attributed to shipping costs according to News Center Maine, Dollar Tree is looking to break out of the $1 only confines with Dollar Tree Plus.

Dollar Tree Plus

In a statement from Dollar Tree, the company is on track to have 500 Dollar Tree Plus stores for 2021 with items priced at $1, $3, and $5 with significant plans to expand in the coming years. The higher-priced items are not just for Dollar Tree Plus, however, as they have been bringing in those higher-priced "Plus" items to regular Dollar Tree stores as a "Combo Store." There are 105 combo stores currently with plans to grow.

There has yet to be any details on which stores will be making changes when but it's only a matter of time before a trip to the Dollar Store becomes a bit more expensive. However, according to their news release, Dollar Tree insists this will allow a better selection of products.


In Maine, it's not hard to find businesses, restaurants, and shops with great customer service. It could be we are that way because of the many tourists that visit us. Or it just might be our stubborn Yankee roots that we like to treat people the way we want to be treated.

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