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Wal mart rant revisited
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Pitch    Posted 05-24-2004 at 18:03:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wanted to put my two cents in on the Wallyworld thing so I started a new post where it would be read. I shop at WalMart (read all bigbox stores) a good bit,not that I like them but most weeks I work six days. Mom and Pop close at 1 or 2 pm on saturdays Sundays they are not open at all. During the week they open at 8 or 9 close at 5 Thursdays thet close at 7. Do I miss personal knowledgable service at bigbox yes I do. Do I like being able to buy oil jeans shoes at the same place yes. Mom and Pop did'nt go under with out helping it along themselves yes bigbox can underprice them every time but Mom and Pop were also known for gouging every penny that they can get also. It doesn't have to be that way with a little ingenuity and marketing. Our local grocery is a perfect example of small town sucess. These folks specialize in service the old folks can call in a list and the order is put together at no extra charge and delivered. The produce is grown locally whenever possible and the meat department is famous beef is cut from sides the old fashion way pork and chicken is from local producers. Yes we pay a premium for processed food as compared to Wal mart but but the meat and produce make up for it. of course this place is in a town of 800 so their type of service is probably not possible in a town much bigger. Once I pulled my checkbook out only to find no checks in it and was about to put stuff back and was told "here just sign the receipt and catch me next time your in town"

Ray    Posted 05-24-2004 at 19:26:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live in ohio near a town of 20000 that has a super walmart.Millions have been spent on the downtown area in the last 5 years to beautify
it,but still no takers.Theres a shoe store and
a few small pawn shop type businesses and the
city goverment rents some of the buildings,but
that's about it.My brother in law is a local
cop who sometimes escorts the walmart manager
to the bank.Thanksgiving day last year walmart
deposited $750000 in the bank,at christmas eve
the deposit was over $1000000.This from a town of

First off...    Posted 05-25-2004 at 03:49:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is no such thing as a 'town' of 20000 around here...

That would easily qualify you for 'major metropolitan area' status...

Salmoneye, Who Aint Moving Anytime Soon And When/If He Does It WOn't Be Far

Ray    Posted 05-25-2004 at 16:36:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey jerkoff,What are you talking about most towns
in ohio are small 20000 or so population,50000
or above qualify as metro,better come out of the
woods sometime.

Chas in Me    Posted 05-24-2004 at 18:21:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found a couple of cents, so I thought I'd throw them in also. I worked in a town office for years as development director. When wal-mart said they wanted to come to town, the town rolled over and offered its stomach to be rubbed. We had a booming little downtown that we had just been renovated for two million bucks. All storefronts were full. I knew what would happen when wal-mart arrived so i hired a speaker from university of iowa to come and tell people what was going to happen. From a town with more than 50 stores, there were 20 people who came to the meeting. Store owners just weren't interested. The downtown today has lots of space for rent.
We, the people of the US made wal-mart what it is. Their stores bring greater choice, lower prices and longer hours to small towns than anyone else. Their products are seen on tv and that determines what people want and buy. Small town stores can and often do, compete well with wal-mart. The creative ones can co-exist, but it takes work, thought and sometimes a sense of humor. Face it, the big companies don't have a sense of humor.
We all want the best price, the greatest choice and the convenience of finding them at the same place. Like POGO said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us".
I now work for two small towns. One has no retail business at all, while the other has 8. The residents all think its perfectly OK to drive 75 miles to shop. They can't seem to understand that's why there is less and less choice.
Remember, we reap what we sow.

Clod    Posted 05-24-2004 at 18:31:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some years back I bought land in the country and thought I would avoid citylife as much as I could.Six milles up the road was the only store.The town was made up of about fifty people.Most often I bought a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread.So the store owner knew this was going to be my standard operateing proceedure.He would tell me to take his old truck and trailer.Go ten miles then pick up sixty bales of hay.Take out to the cows then the barn to stash it.,When I got back I got my milk and bread free!WOW!!!

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