(CNN) – The bidding war among ‘dollar stores’ is heating up.
Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly $10 billion for rival Family Dollar.
The deal equals $78,000 .50 per share, or about $9.7 billion.
That tops a buy-out offer made last month by Dollar Tree, valued at $8.5 billion.
All three of the retailers are general store chains that specialize in low-cost consumer goods.
Dollar General describes itself as the largest discount retailer in the U.S., with more than 11,000 stores in 40 states.