United 707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
This is one hot topic around the US Today. K-Mart is closing like 75 Stores in 22 States, because Wal-Mart (My Favorite) is pounding them hard. In my town, they just completed a 200,000 Wal-Mart Supercenter near my house. So K-Mart is having this sale on EVERYTHING in the store! I am glad that Wal-Mart took over. I have been very satisified with their service. We used to have a regular Wal-Mart 90,000 Ft Store, but we had to expand into that Supercenter. It is a fine luxary for our neighborhood. I go there everyday. K-Mart in my town is closing November 1, 2000 I'd like to hear your opinions on this K-Mart/Wal-Mart topic. Please dont make this into a K-Mart VS Wal-Mart Flame Post
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
From an Australian perspective I can only comment on our similar type stores. Yes we do have K-Mart, but we don't have Wal-Mart we have Big W - both Australian owened companies. (The K-Mart brand name is under licence.)
To be honest I don't like either store, and only ever go to them if I need something I cannot get from a Department / Category Killer store.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7865 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
In small towns there has always been a large contraversy over regular Walmart's entering the market and the smaller merchants being forced out. And in larger markets it is the issue of the "big box" 100,000+ SF stores, and many communities have put outright bans on them. The City of Tucson and Pima County restrict commericial retail space to 100,000 by zoning laws. Once upon a time (early 1970's) KMart was the up and coming new retailer kicking the crap out of Sears, Ward's, etc... However KMart hadn't changed much since then and new comers Target and Walmart have since taken over the discount retail market. While KMart has done a lot to change their image, and they are much better, they have fallen victim to the market which Target and Walmart have taken better advantage of. Personally I do not like Walmart, you go inside a Walmart take a look at who is shopping there and then go down the street to the Target and you will notice a VERY different clientel there. Plus I find Walmarts try to cram EVERYTHING into their stores making them very crowded. In general I don't like the idea of a 200,000 SF retail store. Not only what it does to local competition, but it has an adverse impact on the community in terms of traffic, pollution, noise, crime etc... (people do come from all corners of the world to see a Super Walmart).
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
United 707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 1014 times:
I'd have to agree with you on the fact Wal-Mart does Cram stuff in. And I mean CRAM. The old store was like shopping on an AirCraft Carrier. While the New Wal-Mart has been built on the other side of town, it gets complaints. People on the west side want more than a "Dollar General" store. Our town is roughly the size of a typical Chicago Suberb. And the traffic is terrible outside our neighborhood. The new Wal-Mart has also helped to "Space Out" from that old one.
Surf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 947 times:
who the hell buys clothes at these stores? You can buy daily nessecities like shampoo, aspirin, advil, tylenol, laundry detergent, batteries, padlocks...or things like microwave ovens, blenders, other kitchen things....toothpaste, patio furniture, swimmng pool chlorine, garden stuff, automotive stuff..just about anything they sell but clothes...they sell alot more than that!