28 April 2010

big box foodstore takes local business away

Local grocery chain of six supermarkets closes another of its locations in middle Michigan, USA.

Across the road is a Midwest chain of really big stores that buys in greater volume and negotiates with venders more stringently than the locally based food stores. Perhaps shoppers will one day deliberately do business at small but more expensive places for reasons other than pricetag, such as supporting local owners and workers: less automation may appear less economically efficient, but then there are other factors in a person's livelihood than dollars and cents.

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