I wonder how my fellow MiceChatters feel about shopping at WalMart. Personally I will not set foot in one of their stores because of their business practices, the pressure they put on suppliers, and the way they treat their employees as I understand it.
In my opinion, they have strayed from the original vision of Sam Walton and are now something quite different. Sound familiar at all, Disney fans?
Am I off base? I try to stay away from "big box" stores as much as possible, but I do find myself buying groceries from Vons, drugs from Rite-Aid (I miss Thrifty)
and guzzling coffee from Starbucks and Coffee Bean.
More and more local-flavor shops and stores are going under, and cities are looking more and more the same with one big chain after another moving in...next time you take a long drive most anywhere in the country, count the number of Outlet Malls, Home Depots, WalMarts, McDonalds and the like you pass on the way...depressing to me...