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19 July 2008


Douglas Keachie

To begin with, WalMart, I believe typically places their stores 1/2 way between to major urban centers, at freeway junctions, so measuring all this becomes difficult.

I will say this. Home Depot opened 5 miles down the freeway from Goodman's Hardware in SF, which was then the largest hardware store around. Within 5 years, it closed (Goodman's).

Home Depot sells t stakes, but not the beefier kind, the 133's. The local farm supply's sell the 133's, Home depot skimps with 100's, which have their uses, but considering the cost of installation, make little sense, economically.

Home Depot makes and sells "Hampton Bay" products. The motor failed within two years. I wanted a replacement part. No can get. The positive upside was that we discovered you really don't need a fan to get 90% of the benefit of a hole in your roof during the summer. Made an air and water tight hatch cover for the winter.

In short, Home depot would have never have made it back when people wanted stuff to last as long as possible. They sell what's shiny looking in the box, and that box self destructs as you attempt to get the product, so that you can't take it back.



While we were in Canada we saw many Costco and Wal-Mart stores on the edge of town, with a lot of new development surrounding the stores. The stores had become economic attractors. People shopping at these big box stores made stops at the other nearby service companies. The nearby small towns were tourist havens with lots of tourism oriented shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants all among historic streets scenes. Gone were the shops selling commodities that could not compete with the Wal-Marts and Costcos on the edge of town. These small towns had transformed themselves to meet economic reality and everyone won. Citizens had access to more commodities at lower prices, new business were created, and the historic town became a tourist destination. Yes, we could do that here.

Mikey McD

Competition is the answer. I shop were I find the best value (product/service and price consideration). If one believes that home depot sells crap, then he should shop elsewhere. Vote with your wallet. I stopped by a big box store in Roseville last week (they carry a brand of nuts that I love, I know- "you are what you eat"), followed by a stop at a mom and pop ice cream store, gas station and a fruit stand. The big box lured me to Roseville, but, ultimately I patronized 3 mom 'n pops too.

Worth noting is the fact that I enjoyed a Roseville community park (to work off the icecream)... would the park exist without the tax revenue generated via big box stores? There are no parks of this size/beauty in our area... There is a connection.

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