Atta Ikede

February 12, 2009

Mom and Pop Stores

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:58 am

There are no “big box” stores in San Francisco. No gigantic home depot, no walmart, no Costco, nothing like that. I was surprised to find a fairly large suburban style Best Buy in the city, but it’s practically under the freeway and it’s in a sketchy part of the city so overall it doesn’t really add any ugly blight to the landscape.

I do agree that the city is cuter without the gigantic parking lots and ugly structures these big box retailers add to the landscape, but when I actually need something and have to deal with the limited inventory and inconvenient hours of operation at mom and pop hardware stores, I get kind of bitter and start missing the Home Depot.

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5 Comments »

  1. Admit it! You miss C-A-N-A-D-A!

    Comment by Picnic Buddy — February 12, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  2. H-O-M-E D-E-P-O-T !!!

    Comment by attaikede — February 15, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  3. I feel your pain! Everything closes at around 4.30-5 here with the exception of Thursdays because that’s their late night shopping night – in which case, shops are opened till 9.

    Comment by rabbitdownunder — March 7, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  4. San Francisco is one of my favourite American towns because it is so visually unique (in a charming way), and it’s a great town for pedestrians.

    The issue of “big box” oulets scarring both the landscape and the local economy of communities across North America is a serious and growing one.

    There still are many local small businesses which are desperate for support and now is the time to show those “Mom and Pop” shops that their efforts and struggles have been worth it.

    Comment by REALLY Made IN Canada — March 30, 2009 @ 9:21 am

  5. thanks for the comment!

    Comment by attaikede — April 5, 2009 @ 8:01 am


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