Originally Posted by Imagyne
Personally, I'd rather pay slighter higher prices to support the "mom & pop" stores, get better quality, better service and have alot better feeling about my shopping experience, oh and make some new friends in the neighborhood.
We have 2 walmarts within 15 miles of each other and both suck! The people are rude (employees) , long lines at check out, and you know, they act like they are doing you a favor by doing their job. while this doesn't pertain to every employee, the vast majority it does IMO.
I have to quote Ken here to make my point. I live in a semi-rural shopping wasteland offering only "mom & pop" stores. The closest hardware, electronics and pet stores are a half hour to an hour away, are expensive, and have very little variety. I could drive to work (Stuttgart, the state capital and largest city), but that's a two-hour drive (one way) in rush hour traffic, plus a huge parking fee, so I take the train. There's no way I can lug a TV set or a 40 lb. bag of cat litter home from there on the train. I do most of our shopping on the Internet, and then have to worry about one of us, or a neighbor, being home to take deliveries.
To somebody like me, having a Wal-Mart nearby sounds like heaven. Need a cell phone, cat litter, toilet tissue, make-up, potting soil and a crockpot? You can get all that with just one stop at Wal-Mart. It would take me all day, with stops at at least three stores (that's assuming there's a garden center with pet supplies, and that the electronics store has crockpots).
My mom lives in a small Nebraskan town. There's a Wal-Mart "superstore" five minutes away, which she doesn't shop at, and another about twenty minutes away, which I love. It's clean, the personnel are friendly and extremely helpful, and they have a very good variety of just about everything.
I'd love to have the choice between small retailers and a place like Wal-Mart.