I am of the mind I would rather spend a few more dollars and support the ma and pop operations. Its personal and you develop relationships with these people. Its your neighbourhood. I have lived in the same neighbourhood for 5 years now. I know all the businesses around me. The Irian grocerier, who explains Iran and their customs to me, except for the dates he is always shoving in my mouth whenever I go into his store
I don't like dates, but I am to polite to tell him so
Suki the japanese florist and I discuss our love lillies. All the university kids working at starbucks that I jest with. The little family from kosvo that indured so much to be able to come here and live in my neighbourhood. And yes we do have a ma and pop hardware store to.
Yet to my amazement there are people in my neighbourhood who have lived here for alot longer than me and and do not know these people and don't want to. They deprive themselves of community and feeling a part of something. No its costco, home depot, superstore, and anything warehouse for them. Sure its cheaper most times, and where they shop is their business. When friends come to visit me from out of town I dread the fact that I will have to go to a mall
I hate it, stores with names like "baby gap" and my favorite "please mom". A brave new world, but I guess I just prefer my expensive mom and pop operations, I find it much more rewarding, and alot less choices, which I like, keeps my life simple.