told you. i was just playing devils advocate. very often, the people who complain about walmart, have no problem with other types of businesses going into the same spot.
Walmart has been the death of many small business'
there may be some truth to that, but look around walmart. there are many thriving businesses. walmart brings in traffic, so a store that provides service or product that walmart does not, has a better chance of surviving than a stand alone.
if a business, any business, is well run and meeting the needs/wants of customers, it will do well. it deserves to do well. if not, they will and should fail.
most of what we read in the MSM about walmart is false. i had no opinion of walmart for a long time. there is not one convenient to where live. when i started doing disaster response, i found out what a great company they were. a great deal of what we are able to do in the early days after a disaster is made possible by donations and effort by walmart. one of the reasons they are able to respond quickly is because they are not union. they can make and execute a plan without having to wade through union crap. Katrina was a perfect example. there were no gas stations open. no stores. walmart took volunteer drivers and workers from other areas, and got a store and station open. without their effort, i would not have been able to find diesel for my truck, we would not have had enough supplies early on, and our living conditions would have been less comfortable than they were. not to mention the fact that they donate tons of stuff and money to many efforts, ours and others.
they run on a 3% margin of profit, and owe their success to being very well organized and efficient. they also have great management and great people working for them.