Brad Messer Commentary KTSA Thursday,
August 12, 2004
We used to think that Walmarts destroyed only Mom and Pop businesses. Then Walmart began eating up larger businesses, too. Toys R Us is a pretty large operation and Walmart just ate its lunch. Imagine. Toys R Us being run out of the toy business by the price-cutters at Walmart. Toys Were Us.
You can get gasoline cheaper from Wally, so service stations are folding. You can get groceries from Wally, which is making the big supermarket chains fear for their lives.
Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, all kinds of cities have put up fights to keep Walmarts out, in vain and hopeless ploys to protect local businesses but Wally marches on.
I can see a day when there are no other stores left. Walmart will sell new cars, do dry cleaning, perform laser eye surgery and lipo, sell horses and zoo animals, and nuclear reactors.
Each town will have only one Walmart, and no other stores at all. Every Walmart store will be 7 miles wide by 9 miles deep. Each parking lot will be the size of Massachusetts.
We will have full employment, as every American 65 and older will become a greeter. Walmart Rules!
Brad Messer, commentary, KTSA.
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