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).
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