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Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving

 
prisonerno6

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Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.

Though mom-and-pop stores have steadily disappeared across the American landscape over the past three decades as the mega chain methodically expanded, there was at least always a Wal-Mart left behind to replace them. Now the Wal-Marts are disappearing, too.

Towns like Clearwater, Kansas, and Merkel, Texas, are among those hit by Wal-Mart closures. In Godley, Texas, with a population of roughly 1,000, Wal-Mart opened a small store just a year ago. Within months, the only other grocery store in town -- Brookshire Brothers, part of an employee-owned regional chain -- shut its doors. Now with Wal-Mart gone, the closest full-service grocery store is about a 20-minute drive away.

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Re: Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
It's Supply and Demand.

If the demand is there, some small entrepreneur will open a grocery or general store and do fine.

It's all about the Capitalistic system! It works just fine!
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01/25/2016 03:09 PM
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Re: Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
Why open those places and then just close um up?

What are they gonna do with all those buildings?
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01/25/2016 03:12 PM
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Re: Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
It's Supply and Demand.

If the demand is there, some small entrepreneur will open a grocery or general store and do fine.

It's all about the Capitalistic system! It works just fine!
 Quoting: Michele B


I have been cashiering. I suggest that you do a lot of your shopping at Sam's Club. I see people buying stuff, but you don't get the amount, yet you are paying the same price as you would-sometimes more, than you would at Sam's Club.

I feel sorry for the mom and pop stores. We had a store here-a neighborhood market that had been open for only about a year or so that is closing. The people of that small town are devastated because now they are going to have to go much further to get their groceries and medications. What made Wal-Mart close that store, I will never know.

But, I recommend that you spend 150 to 200 a time at Sam's Club and get the amount. You can spend 20 dollars for almost 3 months worth of toilet paper or you can spend 16 dollars for a month and a half's worth. There really is that much of a savings at Sam's Club.
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01/25/2016 03:18 PM
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Re: Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
It's Supply and Demand.

If the demand is there, some small entrepreneur will open a grocery or general store and do fine.

It's all about the Capitalistic system! It works just fine!
 Quoting: Michele B


What's going to happen instead is that a lot of people are just going to have to do without or drive a lot further to get what they are used to getting in a small town. Things are just too expensive and it costs too much to run a business. People aren't spending their money there and you can't fight the uphill battle to keep a business open that is consistently losing money. I'm sorry, but there is just a limit to what small business owners can compete with. They are going out and they aren't coming back.

Our small town has seen it's share of loss of business, but people drive 10 minutes to the next town and do all of their shopping there. It's very difficult to keep a small business open anymore. We owned that Copy business and we were only pulling in around 65,000.00 a year. It cost 45,000.00 for the overhead. There was no way that we could support our family on what was left over. It was impossible. We had to close it. I know a lot of people were left in the dark. They got used to having my husband available to make their copies and prints and to fax stuff for them. But, we couldn't make it and we couldn't just keep making my father-in-law pony up the difference so that we could stay open. It just wasn't fair. That's when a business has to close it's door.

You should try leasing a copy machine for a Copy store. It will cost you a small fortune to keep it running. Most businesses have their own now days. They aren't paying what we were paying for it. Maybe my husband was just a bad businessman, though. I have no way of knowing that.

Last Edited by BunBun on 01/25/2016 03:19 PM
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Re: Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.

Though mom-and-pop stores have steadily disappeared across the American landscape over the past three decades as the mega chain methodically expanded, there was at least always a Wal-Mart left behind to replace them. Now the Wal-Marts are disappearing, too.

Towns like Clearwater, Kansas, and Merkel, Texas, are among those hit by Wal-Mart closures. In Godley, Texas, with a population of roughly 1,000, Wal-Mart opened a small store just a year ago. Within months, the only other grocery store in town -- Brookshire Brothers, part of an employee-owned regional chain -- shut its doors. Now with Wal-Mart gone, the closest full-service grocery store is about a 20-minute drive away.

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 Quoting: prisonerno6


You have a town called "Merkel" in Texas??
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Re: Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
It's Supply and Demand.

If the demand is there, some small entrepreneur will open a grocery or general store and do fine.

It's all about the Capitalistic system! It works just fine!
 Quoting: Michele B


This type of delusion is quite humorous.





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