In the town that I grew up in, we really only had Mom and Pop type stores; they were mostly all locally owned (even the banks) and we did not have any “big box” stores to speak of other than a single K-Mart. So whenever we needed something, be it from the hardware store, the dry cleaners, an electronic part or gas for the car, we always headed down to “Jim’s Gas Station” or “Bob’s Hardware”. Now that I am, ahem, older and live in a major metropolitan nightmare of a place, everywhere I am able to shop tends to be big box stores (except Wal-mart, I don’t step inside there on principal alone).
I thought I would write a few of my thoughts on shopping at both types of stores, and then open it up for conversation..not like anyone actually reads this, but if you do, I would like to hear what your thoughts are on this!
Advantages to Mom and Pop type stores:
Disadvantages to Mom and Pop type stores:
Advantages to Big Box stores:
Disadvantages to Big Box stores:
Now, I realize I am prejudiced against big box stores; no one has to point it out to me. As much as I like to save money on certain things, I would gladly pay a little more to have an employee or owner be happy to see me as a customer, help me when I need help, and not give me blank stares when I ask where something is located in the store. But I know that the economics of this world is resulting in giant stores taking over, selling everything from underwear to lawnmowers to groceries to cell phones. Whether this is a good thing or not for the future remains to be seen, but I prefer shopping at a smaller store..I like to keep people in business as much as I like not supporting some practices at big box stores I don’t agree with. If you had a choice in the matter, would you choose to shop at small locally owned stores or do you prefer the anonymous experience of a giant store that has everything?