11/14/2005 4:14:00 PM Some can compete with Wal-Mart
I have been following the articles as well as the letters to the editor concerning the new proposed Supercenter that Wal-Mart is evidently planning.
The letter in Thursday's paper November 10, by Thomas J. Price of Robinson was well written and in my opinion pretty well on target. Not only was it well-written, the points the writer made were valid.
Having been in the retail business most all of my life, selling out in November 1999, I saw the changing trends in consumer buying, plus came to the realization that as a whole most of the downtown store buildings were inadequate in size to carry the larger inventories for some retail businesses.
Mr. Price's statements about others not hesitating to travel to Terre Haute or Vincennes was correct as many make the trip in as much as there are so many more places to shop and not only shop but to eat lunch or dinner plus
the fact that many feel they can save money and get more variety even buying their groceries in the larger cities. His illustration concerning the schools not being consolidated was also very valid and it is indeed a shame that consolidation wasn't instituted many years ago.
Back in the '80s many of the business owners were approaching the time in life that they found it necessary to retire and they were indeed fortunate if they could find others to purchase their business establishments. It takes a great deal of money to go into a retail business of any size and most people do not have the necessary finances to do so.
Business can compete with stores such as Wal-mart but they must be of as type that combine service with inventory and not every business falls into that category.