AgentMarkets & Economy

Mom-and-pops can’t compete in ‘Anywhere U.S.A’

With chain stores taking over, it's not just economic value that's lost
Published on Sep 12, 2008

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by CareyBot

For some years now, my favorite place to find a big old homemade slab of pie has been an unassuming mom-and-pop restaurant called Walker's Pie Shop, not far from where I live. It's the sort of place that hasn't changed in decades. Its decor, such as it is, evokes the home-improvement hit parade of another era: asphalt tile, Formica-topped tables, Masonite paneling, and glossy oil paint.

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