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July 16th, 2003

They’re Taking Over!

Have… hhave… have you seen … them?

You know what I’m talking about. Big, big brick buildings – big ones – where other buildings or fields used to sit. They just… just come in, overnight it seems. And then, poof! They’re… they’re just there, like they’ve been a part of the neighborhood all along. I used to see it happen out in the far suburbs. Whole farms turned into strip malls, strip malls torn down to make better strip malls… but I haven’t seen a blitz like this in some time!

What? You got cotton in your ears? I’m talkin’ about all of those new CVS locations, boy! (or girl!) Why, there are three popping up within a couple of miles of me – these three are all new, and are going to give Walgreens’ a good run for their money, yes sir (ma’am). Local pharmacies? What? There’s one or two left… but how can they compete with these big ones? They swoop in and attack!

There’s another one that’s doing this, too – you’ll see the giant “Q”… it’s Quizno’s. Why, they’re all over tarnation! Hundreds of ’em! I’ve got plenty within a short distance from my house… it looks like they just wanted to smoke Subway outta here. They’re doin’ a rootin’-tootin’ job of it, too! All over the place….

I tell ya, between CVS, Quizno’s, Subway, Chipotle, and Borders, kids these days – they’ve got it easy. It’s a shame, though, that none of these places have… what? … yes, that’s it. Character.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 16, 2003 -- 9:11:29 am
It's such a double edged sword that we have on our hands. On the good side, we like the idea of having multiple shopping options. On the bad side, we hate overdevelopment.

You're definitely right, Paul. The scale has tilted far too much to the side of overdevelopment. I moved back to Delaware in January, and in the short time between my last visit and moving back, there were a large number of forests and rural areas that were now developed into bland pharmacies and strip malls. I, personally, have a boycott against the Delaware pharmacy chain Happy Harry's, due to their extreme overdevelopment, and building in areas where trees once stood.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not an environmentalist (in an extreme sense) or "tree hugger", but I think we've reached the point where someone has to say "enough".



FROM: Greg
DATE: Wednesday July 16, 2003 -- 10:18:09 am
We no longer have to take a vacation to Florida or California, they've got all the same sterile, cookie-cutter crap that we have here.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday July 16, 2003 -- 11:35:30 am
With the familiarity of chains, local character is lost.

Thank God for diners.



FROM: jules_lady
DATE: Wednesday July 16, 2003 -- 12:16:02 pm
It's the same the world over though, its easier to tear down trees and start from scratch than to refurbish, or remodel, old buildings in less desirable areas. Shreveport, LA.. if you want to see the worst examples of this. We have what looks like shantytown right next to BoomTown.. what kind of a damn name is "BOOM"Town anyway. The streets are filled with awful awful statues and other "modern" art, there are only about a quarter of the buildings in the "city" center occupied, the rest are boarded up or partly demolished.



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 16, 2003 -- 6:34:24 pm
With the familiarity of chains, local character is lost. Thank God for diners.

And, this is no swipe at anyone, thank Dio I don't live in the suburbs. My neighborhood is too tightly packed with houses and really old buildings to fit chain stores. In fact, I think the only big names you'll find in the Fan district of Richmond, VA are 7-11s and gas stations.



FROM: tootle
DATE: Saturday August 6, 2005 -- 2:35:56 am
THIS CVS CRAP HAS TO BE SOME KIND OF CORPORATE CONSPIRACY. THERE ARE 5 CVS STORES WITHIN 2 MILES OF MY HOUSE, AND 20 WITHIN 10 MILES. THIS IS JUST A LITTLE BIT PAST EXCESSIVE. THERE IS SOMETHING VERY VERY VERY WRONG HERE. I REFUSE TO SHOP AT THESE "STORES" IT WON'T HAPPEN. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WALGREENS, OR ELSE CVS WILL DEVOUR THEM LIKE THEY HAVE TO ECKERD AND EVERY OTHER PHARMACY CHAIN IN HOUSTON.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday August 6, 2005 -- 7:41:13 am
Oh yeah, like Walgreens hasn't taken over everything, either. AND WHY ALL THE SHOUTING?



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