little neighborhood grocery store closed last week.
It was inevitable, really, as a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Grocery
opened across the street from it about six years ago. At
first I was excited
the appearance of the Wal-Mart and the possibility of all
those low prices, but once they got here I saw it was the
triumph of marketing over truth. Their prices were almost
always higher than the larger chains
in the area, but they
beat the bejesus out of my little store.
I say "little" but it must have been staffed by over a hundred
people. But they're all out of jobs now, thanks more to the
George Bush Depression than anything Wal-Mart could ever
Now the Wal-Mart is the sole food store in a heavily-populated
residential area of Dallas, stretching almost three miles
in any direction. That's a lot of stomachs, and a lot of
From what I know of Wal-Mart's business practices this means
their prices will soon start to inch up, but it won't
simply drive a little farther for my black beans and
cat food, but I feel sorry for those without means to drive
those few extra miles. Hopefully, when the economy begins
to recover, we'll have a new, more nimble, more people friendly
(think Costco) grocery franchise putting down roots and offering
While I'm at it, I'd like a pony, too.
(More on Wal-Mart's business practices here.)
PS, I don't mean to suggest that Wal-Mart or any of its subsidiaries
are actually evil, just that they're the physical manifestation
of all of mankind's collective sins.