Family Dollar is MUCH better than Dollar General. It’s brighter, cleaner, nicer merchandise, while Dollar General just seems “trashy.”
The Dollar Generals I sometimes shop at are not at all trashy and are both relatively new. And they carry many major brands as well as some DG brand, cheaper goods.
The one negative comment I’d make is that they are doing so well that they are constantly making the selves higher and narrowing the aisles, and some items have been relocated once or twice, or even more. Some of their stores were simply built too small for the business they soon developed.
They do especially well in smaller towns that do not have WalMarts or other major chains.