You can tell a lot about consumer sentiment by analyzing what kinds of stores are in expansion mode. Judging by the most recent report from RBC Capital Markets, U.S. shoppers still place an emphasis on value. On the list of 10 retailers that plan to open the greatest number of stores over the next two years are all three of the major dollar chains: Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree. Most of the other fastest expanding retailers are convenience and necessity-oriented, with two notable exceptions.
To take a look atthe fastest expanding retail chains, please click through our slideshow. For the purposes of this story, we excluded restaurant operators from the list.