Loc: Yuba City, California
Click here to watch a visual timeline representing the growth of walmart since 1962.<br><br>Watch how it completely consumes the right coast... bleh. Use the +/- keys to zoom and use the mouse to scroll around...<br><br>Our own little community of Yuma, Arizona (pop < 100K) has 4 super centers! It's a shame the way they smother so many small businesses.<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
Our little town (pop. 10k) has had three WalMart stores over the past 40 years, they keep building larger stores , leaving the old stores for other businesses to rent. Even 20 years ago we had an electronics/appliance store, mens and womens clothes store, shoe stores...not any more they were all driven out of business by the giant that consumes all. Now if you want to shop at a small family owned business you have to drive 2 hours in any direction just to get there.<br><br>
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
It's like watching the unchecked spread of an epidemic. Interesting that the brightest spots in FL are along the I-95, I-75, and I-4 corridors. They are also building "neighborhood" stores now. One is nearly completed less than a mile from the Super Wallyworld here. <br><br>
Loc: Yuba City, California
No kidding. <br><br>Like Starbucks, WalMart used to have a formula, developed by Sam himself, that dictated where and when a new store was opened. But not anymore. Now they just plow through any community who doesn't fight back.<br><br>Unlike WalMart though, Starbucks realized that the "developer" arm of the company had grown much too powerful and was allowed to open stores arbitrarily and oftentimes at the expense of its own neighboring stores and subsequently began to cannibalize sales. But then, that's management for you; as long as they continue to make progress, who cares how it affects anyone outside their domain.<br><br>The powers that be in Starbucks finally realized what they'd been doing and were forced to close 600 stores that should have never been opened. What an utter waste of money.<br><br>What I find particularly egregious about WalMart is they have a track record for treating their employees like second-class citizens and yet go out of their way to make the customer feel special.<br><br>Like I said, we now have four Super-Centers and they are all within a 15-minutes of each other.<br><br>Yuma County has 17 percent unemployment so if you don't like the working conditions, tough titty, there's a line of people waiting for your job. The problem with this is that WalMart is driving down the standard of living in Yuma. Because they're hiring people living below the poverty level who are grateful to have a job and won't complain. After a number of years, the quality of worker takes it's toll on the shopping experience. Ugh, that's it. I don't want to think about it anymore....<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
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Outstanding!<br><br>Speaking of those small businesses: In my hometown, back in the early 90s, I went in to a "mom-n-pop" office supply store for a couple of sheet protectors for a project I was doing. They were charging $10 for one sheet protector! I asked if this was some kind of mistake .. if the entire box was priced at $10, certainly not ONE sheet protector. Nope. Just one. <br><br>After Wal-Mart came to town, mom-n-pop store couldn't pull these types of shenanigans anymore. They had to price their products reasonably and competitively. They're still in business, by the way, just no longer able to rip customers off. <br><br>It would also be interesting to see a chart showing the growth of McDonald's, Burger King, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Pizza Hut, Sears, Jiffy Lube, Staples, Office Depot, Target, Pier One etc ... Instead of the standard "boogeyman" Wal-Mart. <br><br>***************<br><br>nuttin'
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Loc: Yuba City, California
I guess it all depends on where you live, doesn't it? And who is running the M & P.<br><br>As for ten dollars for a sheet protector, that's ridiculous. No wonder they had a whole box sitting there. I'm curious, what did you finally do? Put the project on hold while they built the walmart?<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
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