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Old 03-07-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Potranco/1604
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Blockbuster and Hollywood Video put a lot of independent stores out of business, and now it's their turn. When companies engulf and devour their competition, I shed no tears wehn they are devoured, too.

We lost neighborhood hardware stores to Handy Dan, which lost out to Builder's Square, which lost out to Home Depot and Lowes.

We lost Variety Stores, grocery stores, clothing stores etc. to Wal-Mart.

Small Town USA is just a memory because of Wal-Mart

Personally I would like to have neighborhood stores run by neighbors than megastores run by big companies.
I hear what you're saying, but can't agree. Companies like Wal-Mart simply offer the public another option. That is part of the evolutionary nature of capitalism. Someone comes up with a better product or a better service and, if the public buys into it, then some other product or service provider goes out of business or finds a way to adapt. No one is forced to go to Wal-Mart. So, really, it's the customer/the public that puts the "mom 'n pop" out of business because the "mom 'n pop" couldn't come up with a way to keep their customers coming back (maybe by providing products Wal-Mart doesn't carry, or, offering a level of service Wal-Mart can't provide). For example, we have thousands of McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's stores nationwide, yet places like Chris Madrid's and Bobby J's still thrive. Why? They found a niche that the fast food burgers can't fill. That argument about Wal-Mart has been around for years and has a lot of emotional appeal, but the real story, IMO, is the failure of many of the "mom 'n pop's" to adapt; some did and they survive, most just gave up and that's their fault, not Wal-Mart's.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I hear what you're saying, but can't agree. Companies like Wal-Mart simply offer the public another option. That is part of the evolutionary nature of capitalism. Someone comes up with a better product or a better service and, if the public buys into it, then some other product or service provider goes out of business or finds a way to adapt. No one is forced to go to Wal-Mart. So, really, it's the customer/the public that puts the "mom 'n pop" out of business because the "mom 'n pop" couldn't come up with a way to keep their customers coming back (maybe by providing products Wal-Mart doesn't carry, or, offering a level of service Wal-Mart can't provide). For example, we have thousands of McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's stores nationwide, yet places like Chris Madrid's and Bobby J's still thrive. Why? They found a niche that the fast food burgers can't fill. That argument about Wal-Mart has been around for years and has a lot of emotional appeal, but the real story, IMO, is the failure of many of the "mom 'n pop's" to adapt; some did and they survive, most just gave up and that's their fault, not Wal-Mart's.
For some reason, in this country, people think bigger is better. I know I am in the minority here. I like personalized service by experts. I miss walking into a hardware store, and being greeted by name by the proprietor. Even chain stores like Sears had help that stayed with them for years, and made a good living. I miss milkmen. Fuller Brush Men, and grocery stores that didn't wear you out going through each aisle. I miss the cashier that rang us up greeting us by name. I miss neighborhood gas stations where attendants filled up our tank, chatted with us while washing the windshield, or checking the oil.

I was in the theatre business for many years. I saw the big chains put the nice old independent theatres and theatre owners out of business with their megaplexes. They pay their employees litlle, and expect too much for them. They overcharge their customers for concessions, because they have to maintain the behemoth buildings with the latest technology that gets people to patronize them.

You're right, it is the public that turned their backs on good service, quality, friendliness, a good feeling when shopping for stores that pay starvation wages to people that don't care, make you wait in line forever to check out, and wouldn't remember you two minutes after leaving the register! Some stores want you to check yourself out now!

I miss the good old days, but I guess not many others do.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Potranco/1604
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For some reason, in this country, people think bigger is better. I know I am in the minority here. I like personalized service by experts. I miss walking into a hardware store, and being greeted by name by the proprietor. Even chain stores like Sears had help that stayed with them for years, and made a good living. I miss milkmen. Fuller Brush Men, and grocery stores that didn't wear you out going through each aisle. I miss the cashier that rang us up greeting us by name. I miss neighborhood gas stations where attendants filled up our tank, chatted with us while washing the windshield, or checking the oil.

I was in the theatre business for many years. I saw the big chains put the nice old independent theatres and theatre owners out of business with their megaplexes. They pay their employees litlle, and expect too much for them. They overcharge their customers for concessions, because they have to maintain the behemoth buildings with the latest technology that gets people to patronize them.

You're right, it is the public that turned their backs on good service, quality, friendliness, a good feeling when shopping for stores that pay starvation wages to people that don't care, make you wait in line forever to check out, and wouldn't remember you two minutes after leaving the register! Some stores want you to check yourself out now!

I miss the good old days, but I guess not many others do.
I prefer the "mom 'n pops", too and, like you, hate to see them go out of business. It really is great to do business with someone who knows you by name. But the American consumer is very fickle and often more price oriented than service oriented, unfortunately. Going to Wal-Mart and HEB, while probably less expensive that the "mom 'n pop", reminds of the old Bob Seger song "Feel Like A Number". Especially at the deli counter, where you often really are just a number...
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:30 PM
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Looks like the hollywood video at 1604 and blanco will be closing soon.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Houston
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This thread makes me remember the old video rental store near Kirby, I think on Benz-Engleman, back in the VHS 80's. Yeah I liked the ma' and pa' rental stores.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:58 PM
 
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First Hollywood Video and now Blockbuster....

I am starting to see Blockbuster closing stores around San Antonio. Both Fredericksburg locations have closed recently.

It was a shock that they closed the one near Fredericksburg and Medical because it was usually one of the busier stores.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Just Inside Loop 410
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its a shame, I remember taking up to an hour trying to choose which movies I wanted to rent.

and CD stores, I miss those too
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:57 AM
 
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I see plenty of lines in front of those Red Box machines. Between them and NetFlix they obviously put a hurt on the video stores.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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The Blockbuster on Stone Oak Parkway and Huebner Road is closing. I'm unsure if the one on Evans & 281 shall do the same.

My family does use Redbox. We rent a movie, watch it, forget to return it and end up paying $11. Nice business model.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:20 AM
 
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The selection at Redbox is pretty limited.
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