The reason stores like Dollar General exist is there is market for what they sell. Now, granted, there are those who wouldn't be caught dead shopping in one as they think it's too pedestrian. So it seems in the Sackets Harbor area where people are actually fighting the building of one of the stores on Route 3.
It's kind of like that opposition to McDonalds on Washington Street where a decision I still regret and feel was a mistake was made to keep the food joint out because of reasons that largely made no sense and went against the notion of private property rights.
Out in Hounsfield, some elites say it will go against the historic nature of the nearby village. Actually, why wouldn't you want it downtown with some accommodations on facades ?
The demise of Pier One in favor of a Dollar General may be an insight into the demographics of the region. Route 3 in Hounsfield is not Rodeo Drive.