gozer wrote:Mad Howler wrote:Igor wrote:
It's cool how everybody here, on all sides, knows more than the owners. Personally, I think that Home Depot has stolen my business more from Menards. My business at Ace is probably the same.
Changing over to renters DOES have an impact. Chances are that the landlord does not live nearby. They are either bringing materials from Menards, or are hiring a contractor who does. I'm sure Walgreens is vulturing some sales for batteries, light bulbs, and whatnot as well.
That mall is the only place in Madison that I have been panhandled other than State Street. A co-worker's son was mugged walking home from his job there. I'm sure there are other areas of town that have more issues, but that doesn't discount the issues that are here.
Well put, but I don't think I have second guessed the owners decision to cut loose. Although, my experience over the last 5 years suggests that this was not a rash decision. It always sucks when places like these exit a community. It really does, and the lingering effects keep burrowing deeper.
it started 25 years ago with the sentry grocery store pulling up stakes -- chicken & the egg
Yeah, that didn't help. But I don't think a grocery store that size was destined to survive there. A grocery store that occupied the whole mall might have been able to make it.
It seems like a grocery store has to be able to compete on either price, quality, or location. Woodman's (and previously Cub) probably ensured that they were not going to compete on price. I don't think a high-quality (and price) place would have been of much use to the lower-income people nearby. Finally, the location just isn't far enough away from other locations to force traffic there.