Small Towns Continue Fight Against Chain Stores

The small cities and towns of America still waging war against the chain-stores, with varying degress of success. As reported in the Albuquerque Tribune, small communities see the "big-box" stores as not helping to build a sense of community or competitive fairness for small businesses.

And according to New Hampshire's Portsmouth Herald, the city government is seriously considering putting limits on placement or expansion of the chain-stores.

When "big box" stores need to be shopped at, then so be it. But as Chesterton encouraged us in The Outline of Sanity, we should do all we can to keep the small stores open wherever we find ourselves. Until the day the chain-stores fade away into the mists of history, let us buy from them as little as possible. And let us support local efforts to aid small businesses and co-operatives whenever we can.


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