Hmmmm. I heard this really great idea last week. Have been looking for time to write it down and talk about it some. It involves Walmart, or other big-box stores, that we all hate and deplore.
Small towns hate it when Walmart (or similar store) moves in. Says it destroys their downtown areas.
Here’s the idea:
Have Walmart move IN to downtown. Why couldn’t they open up boutique style shops along Main Street and keep those historic buildings going?
Why couldn’t Walmart open their automotive store where the one used to exist back in the ‘60’s?
Why couldn’t they open a dry goods store (or linen department) where the JC Penney used to be?
Why couldn’t the hardware department be located where the hardware store used to be?
Same with kids clothing; women’s clothing; men’s clothing …. all those stores USED to exist on Main Street.
Customers still park up and walk to different “departments” … but it supports the town and heck, might even help restore and build up the town.
Just food for thought. Such a simple idea, yet …. brilliant? Instead of trying to keep Walmart out, invite them in … but on Main Street instead.