02 Sep '11, 2am
Could Walmart Revive the Downtowns They Helped Kill Long Ago?
But what if Walmart actually opened stores in some of these smaller cities that many claim the company turned into ghost towns long ago? Such stores could serve as an anchor that could encourage other stores to open within a few blocks. Residents in nearby neighborhoods do not always want to make that several mile shlep to just pick up a few items, and with Walmart’s commitment to sell more organic food, this would be one way for the company that it could commit to those food deserts that have a role in America’s lagging health and spiking obesity. But these small Walmart stores could also help revitalize those small main streets that seem as long ago as Route 66. An Express moves in, a coffee shop follows, then a cafe, a gift shop, some offices, etcetera, etcetera.