I'm not sure I want to know why the dollar store smells. I don't remember other dollar stores having this issue. The one nearest my house smells though and there has to be a reason why.
I feel sorry for the people who work in it. The smell is noticeable when I walk by in the mall. It can't be good to spend eight hours breathing that in. Whatever it is, it doesn't smell healthy.
Items sold at dollar stores are cheap, perhaps inexplicably so. What substances go into their production and packaging? What safety checks are performed on the many, many products in these stores? Should people be buying hair products, children's toys and even food from these places? Maybe these things are fine, maybe not. But what is it about these products that makes the store smell?
There's the question too of how much workers are paid to make these products. It's probably not enough. This is true for products sold in other stores too but it's something to consider, especially when everything in the store is so inexpensive.
I love saving money. It's great to find ways to do that. It seems worthwhile though to consider more than the monetary cost of items. I don't wish any harm to the dollar store but this unfortunate smell has made me think. It would be nice for the sake of the employees in that store if the smell could be addressed. There are more issues that need resolving but this would be a start.