Sunday, February 10, 2008

Welcome to corporate America...

Since this blog is on the internet I try not to overly voice my opinions. But, today, I am MAD.

We live in a small town. I mean a VERY small town. Wal Mart is pretty much the only store we have to get certain things. We don't have any stores to compete with Wal Mart, other than grocery stores.

Our local Wal Mart is scheduled for a remodel this year. I am slowly hearing of the things that this store is taking away from us, the customers, in this small community.

First, I learned from the department manager of toys, that toys will be reduced by 100 feet. That is roughly both sides of one aisle and almost another side of an aisle. That is ALOT of toys. Now, I don't buy alot of toys other than for Christmas or perhaps a random birthday, but some people do. I mentioned we live in a small town, we don't have a Target to buy toys from. No Toys R Us. The small K Mart we had closed years ago. Nothing except Wal Mart, other than a generic dollar store or two.

Next, I learned from Cynthia, that our fabrics department is closing!! What in the world are they thinking?? What are all the sweet little 120 year old ladies going to do that quilt and sew?? We don't have a Hancock's or a Hobby Lobby to run over to so we can get a yard of fabric.

Lastly, Trad informed me that they are also eliminating the live fish department. Now, if it was managed right, the pet dept would be a valuable tool. (I managed it for a while. Did I mention that I worked for this horrible place??) We have one small pet store in town that doesn't have a great selection. We don't have a PetSmart, or Pet Co. or any other store that even remotely carries fish.

Now, I have been wondering what this "FAMILY ORIENTED" company is going to add or expand on to fill in the gaps of all the things that they have just taken away from our community.

The rumor among the associates is, Beer!!! Well, there is obviously no where in town to buy that right?? If only that was true. What a sad day and time we live in!!

I continue to grow more and more disappointed in this company. I have wondered how many times poor Sam Walton has rolled over in his grave. This is not the company that he strived for. I would gladly pay a little more for things at another store just to not give Wal Mart my business. We did boycott Wal Mart for almost a year not that long ago because of another decision that they made. Let me tell you, that is not easy, especially with Trad working there. I felt much better about shopping elsewhere though.

I wish that this town had more options so we could let this retailer know that we do not support their decisions on certain things. I understand that other companies aren't all rosy and sweet either. Every one of them are sure to have their drawbacks. Unfortunately, this is the only retailer that we can deal with in this county we live in.

What do you think?? Am I wrong to feel the way I do??


Cynthia said...

well, Michelle gets mad! Very well written.

I can't believe those morons are going to sell beer instead of fabric!


I am so disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I don't shop there very often, unless I just about can't avoid it. I know what you mean, they disgust me too. We have two huge Super Wal-Marts and together they might have five bolts of nice fabric....and their so-called name brand electronics? HA! We were given a Magnavox DVD/VCR two years ago for Christmas and the DVD player worked for 7 months, and now the VCR is belly up. I called the support # on the machine and that model was manufactured by another company for Wal-Mart to sell under the Magnavox brand. I very much sympathize. OK, rant off now.

Danielle said...

I know exactly what you mean.I shop out of town a lot b/c there is no where here to shop. I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. I think Sam would be upset with his stores.

rachel said...

i agree 100% there is no way that they can get rid of there fabric department we are now going to have to go all the way to like Mufreseboro or something JUST TO GET SOME SILLY FABRIC!!!! that is soooooo not fair!!!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Well said. It is a sad time girl.

Alice Wills Gold said...

I completely understand your frustration...everyone has had their fair share with WalMart I am sure.

My main concern is that WalMart usually markets to the, how much beer is your small town really consuming?...maybe you and your good mom friends need to start a no beer revolution!

SwampAngel65 said...

That is insane! You should put the word out in your small town about the changes Wally World is planning on making. Maybe if enough people raise enough hell, things could change? Maybe. Maybe old Sam's spirit would be on your side and help out, too!

Simply Joy Catering said...

Hi Michelle,

The world around us is changing quickly. The Mom & Pop shops are almost a thing of the past.

People have such terrible morals and put the pleasures of the world before the more simpler times.

People call it progress...I call it sad!

Only Through Him,


LittleBlessings said...

i agree with you that the world and morals of family are changing. I dont know why Walmart has to be a follower on selling beer . I am deeply disappointed over the toy thing as well. My word they really dont have that much to start with and to do away with some is just nuts. I think that they should do away with some of the housewares department before fabrics. I mean for real how many laundry hampers should Walmart have? and plastic storage containers my word this is just very upsetting.