The affects of Wal-Mart and other big box reatailers on a community

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Everyday millions of people are forced to shop for a variety of items. Many factors contribute to where a shopper will choose to go including: price, location, and versatility, and a big box retailer is able to offer the public all of these things. Big box businesses have changed the way people shop not only since weekly markets were common, but also they have changed shopping in the last ten years. Big box retail stores can either have a positive or a negative impact on the city depending on who is arguing. Local merchants believe that big box stores are something that no city needs, or wants, yet is the public who wants these massive stores. The city of Kamloops has seen the development of many big box stores in recent years, and there out look on them is a positive one.

Shopping in the Past

The method in which people shop, and the reasons for shopping have changed drastically through out time.

During the 15th century Romans Held weekly local markets outdoors (Sattertherwaite, 2001). This was not only an opportunity to buy needed supplies, but markets also provided community members an opportunity to socialize with each other. Weekly markets were important for social leveling, for it did not matter to the merchant who was rich or poor. All that was important to them was that they received the money for the goods, and all people no matter their social class everybody paid the same price (Sattertherwaite, 2001). Socialization has continued to play a primary role in shopping, but in recent years people have found shopping to be an inconvenience. No longer is shopping seem as a way to meet old friends, or as a way to escape the hectic duties that remain at home. Shopping is seen as...