Depending on definitional parameters, estimates indicate that somewhere between 35.2 million and 83.5 million individuals
Further, racial and economic disparities in food access persist across the country, with approximately 30 percent more non-white residents facing limited access to food retail than their white counterparts
From 2015 to 2019, Walmart closed a total of 223 stores in the United States of America, creating at least 3 new food deserts and another 31 neighbourhoods in 15 states that no longer sell fresh produce and meat
Walmart entering a region can result in social concerns, including weakened union bargaining power, reduced wages and benefits, and decreased employment levels
Large supercentres also evoke considerable worry about the viability of local retail. For example, a report by
Walmart on 125th street in Harlem, New York would result in 25 percent of the nearby supermarkets and bodegas going out of business within a year
Such concerns magnify the potential impact of superstore closings on communities.
Taken together, this suggests that dollar-store chains are contributing to growing economic and health disparities in rural and low-income communities across the United States of America.
Dollar stores typically do not carry fresh
produce and their selection of food is mostly processed