While there are many of the same items, the two in my area are radically different.
Food-wise these stores carry off-brand canned goods, spices, snacks, bread and frozen food.
There is also kitchen-ware and party supplies like paper plates and plastic cutlery.
EVERYTHING is $1 or less. Amazingly enough these stores are on the stock exchange and making money for their stockholders.
So, anything good here? How are the pickles ... for a dollar a jar, that seems like a deal. What about the spices ... McCormick size bottles all for $1. Kosher salt ... $1.
How are the canned veggies ... 2 for $1? They carry Latino cookies and products made with sugar and not HFCS.
My two stores:
250 San Pablo Towne Ctr (next to Albertsons)
San Pablo, CA 94806
Everything bad you would imagine about stores in this category. Open boxes, dented cans, litter on the floors. Awful.
11555 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
The polar opposite ... sparkling clean and neat ... three times the size with a larger selection of food like fresh bread and tortillas. A frozen food section will be added in a month.
Neither store carries wine or beer.
Any thoughts about the Dollar Tree?