Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Our US Future?

Corporations like Home Depot built large stores all over, offered goods at ridiculously low price, had liberal return policies, put smaller local Mom and Pop businesses out of business.

Then the mega corporations charged what they wanted, got stingy on return policies, and because they overbuilt they are leaving this:

The former Home Depot in Brattleboro, Vermont


Anonymous Anonymous said...

near where I live, within a mile and a half to two mile distance, WalMart will be relocating for it's second time along the same street.

The first relocation was new contruction and is maybe ten years old now.

So two mini malls have been left in wake of Wally coming and then going.

The newest location will be a Super Wally with grocery etc...putting the screws to the local grocers.

Thu Sep 04, 06:14:00 PM 2008  
Blogger R.L. Hunter said...

Why don't you go back to the exact same spot you filmed that, turn 180 degrees and film the thriving small town hardware store across the street? You know Fireside TruValue? Or go downtown and film Brown and Roberts hardware. The small town stores you said were put out of business by Home Depot. Both were there before Home Depot and both are still there after.
And why don't you tell people what was there before Home Depot?
I'll do it for you, it was a K Mart.
Other than paint color that building hasn't changed in twenty years.

Thu Sep 04, 09:17:00 PM 2008  
Blogger The_SRV said...

R.L Huner,
you bring up good points.

I'm glad that they are the exceptions. I did shop those. Home Depot did put a dent in their business.

Other lumber yards, paint stores, and other specialty shops did take a tumble. Also the local suppliers and craftsmen supplying the locals are gone too.

As bigger business gets bigger they do swallow up more and more of the littler businesses.

There should be fair competition and the smaller businesses and individuals should be protected legally from those that do what they will just because they have deeper pockets.

Thu Sep 04, 10:00:00 PM 2008  
Anonymous Fontaine said...

This location is formerly an Ames Department Store, also defunct.

Fri Sep 05, 08:37:00 AM 2008  
Blogger R.L. Hunter said...

It's only been a few months since Home Depot left. I wonder what will be in there next.

Which goes along with this bit of info. I live in Hinsdale a small town in NH Just across the NH/VT border from Brattleboro And have found out that the plans for a new Super WalMart 3 miles up the road from the existing one have been approved. Construction should start within the next year or so.

Leaving yet another large empty building. It was years after J.C.Penney left before Staples and Peebles moved in at that location.

How long will these buildings remain vacant?

No small business can afford the rent on a building that size.

What's next?

Sat Sep 06, 01:40:00 PM 2008  

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