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One dollar at a time; one dime at a time; one penny at a time.
That's how we keep the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Big Big, afloat.

The latest iteration of Big Money feeding off our dollars one dime at a time and  using our money to buy politicians to smother democracy at the ballot box  through slimy voter suppression tactics is gazillionaire Art Pope. Pope seems to be the latest exposed billionaire who's paying what for him is monopoly money to disenfranchise people of color and poor people in North Carolina. These guys keep crawling out of the woodwork.  

But, f..k it! He's doing it to his customer base.  His "stores" target neighborhoods where people earn less than $40,000 per year!!!!!!!!!!

He inherited his wealth - of course.
That's how it happens sometimes, isn't it.
He owns a privately held company Variety Wholesalers.
 http://www.vwstores.com/

Corporate Structure

Variety Wholesalers, Inc. was incorporated in North Carolina on July 25, 1957.

Variety Stores, Inc. (formerly “Rose’s Stores, Inc.”), was incorporated in Delaware on May 5, 1927 and is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Variety Wholesalers, Inc.

The retail stores operated by the Company are grouped into three main divisions. The Super 10 Division consists of 159 stores ranging in size from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet and are chiefly competitive with dollar stores such as Family Dollar and Dollar General. These stores operate under the names “Popes,” “Eagles,” “Super Dollar,” “Bill’s Dollar Stores” and “Super 10.” The Maxway Division consists of 148 stores ranging in size from 10,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet and are chiefly competitive with junior department stores such as Peebles, Goody’s, TJ Maxx, etc. The Roses Division consists of 112 stores ranging in size from 30,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet and are chiefly competitive with discount stores such as K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc. All three divisions offer an extensive assortment of retail merchandise including both hardlines (toys, health and beauty aids, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, snacks, etc.) and softlines (clothing, accessories, jewelry, etc.

http://www.vwstores.com/...

So don't buy at:
“Popes,” “Eagles,” “Super Dollar,” “Bill’s Dollar Stores” and “Super 10.”
"Roses" "Maxway"

And check out:
http://www.artpopeexposed.com/...

Unfortunately the wiki page on Art Pope does not seem to include how he makes his money, from what I read. Maybe others who read this diary can add to the info on this guy if you don't mind posting links to other sources of info. Thanks

UPDATE:
But wait there's more:
Pope doesn't only operate in North Carolina.
He's throughout the southeast!!!
Mississippi, Alabama and more - please see below:

John Pope, as a 24-year-old in 1949, took over the family business of five small dime stores in eastern North Carolina which became “Popes” stores. Successive groups of stores were purchased in subsequent years, including the following major purchases: 52 Eagle Stores based in Charlotte, NC purchased in 1971; 54 McCrory/United Stores based in Easley SC purchased in 1978; 118 Value Mart stores based in Hattiesburg, MS, and located principally in MS, LA and AL, purchased in 1980; 145 Super Dollar stores based in Raleigh, NC and located principally in NC, VA and SC, purchased in 1981; 53 P.H.Rose stores based in Henderson, NC and located principally in NC, VA and SC, purchased in 1984; 106 Allied Stores based in Savannah GA and located principally in GA, SC and LA, purchased in 1989; 33 Maxway stores based in Sanford, North Carolina and located principally in NC, GA and SC , purchased in 1990; 60 Bargain Town stores based in Montgomery, AL and located principally in AL, MS and GA, purchased in 1992; 106 Roses stores, based in Henderson, North Carolina and located in 10 states of the southeastern United States, purchased in 1997; and 118 Bonus Stores/Bill’s Dollar Stores based in Columbia, MS and located principally in AL, GA, LA and MS, purchased in 2003.
http://www.vwstores.com/...

UPDATE:
and more courtesy of "mojo11":

McCrory/United HQ'ed in Easley, SC
Please see "mojo11" 's   comment below.

UPDATE:
Courtesy of  "Bronte17" :

Roses department stores are all over Ohio too (1+ / 0-)
Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton area.
And in Lexington KY too.
Please see Bronte17's comment below!

UPDATE:
Courtesy of "concernedamerican":
More Art Pope Stores in Columbus Ohio:

www.vwstores.com
2 Google reviews
1501 E Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus
(614) 785-4660
Roses

www.vwstores.com
4691 Morse Centre Rd
Columbus
(614) 985-1690

Originally posted to eve on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE, Triangle Kosmopolitans, Virginia Kos, Kos Georgia, and Louisiana Kossacks.

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