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View Poll Results: Two part question - Answer each part without looking at your neighbor's paper.
Part 1 - Would you be more or less likely to visit a tourist destination if it had no chains and all local businesses? 5 14.71%
Much more likely 10 29.41%
A little more likely 6 17.65%
Wouldn't make a difference 15 44.12%
A little less likely 2 5.88%
A lot less likely 0 0%
Part 2 - In the long run, would banning national chains help or hurt a local economy? 5 14.71%
It would help a lot 3 8.82%
It would help a little 3 8.82%
It wouldn't make a difference 6 17.65%
It would hurt a little 9 26.47%
It would hurt a lot 8 23.53%
Part 3 Bonus Question - Would you rather know how to play a trombone or a french horn? 4 11.76%
Trombone 14 41.18%
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:53 AM  
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Banning Chain Stores - Should A City Do It?

I was in a tourist-type town this week on business, and I have a general policy. I won't spend my money in a chain restaurant. It really annoys me for some reason to go into a resort town and see a bunch of Bubba Gump restaurants or chain steakhouses or Chili's or Starbucks. Yeah, that's why people go on vacation, so they can eat at the same restaurant that's a mile from their house.

So anyway, I generally try to support small business, and I'll always take a local restaurant over a chain if possible. To be honest, my practice isn't as good with hotels because the quality difference is often large, but I'll always go for the local restaurant if I can.

But I really wonder about the impact of chains on local communities. Whether it's a hotel or a restaurant or a Wal-Mart or a Trader Joe's, local people spend their money there and the profit immediately gets on a stagecoach out of town to corporate heaquarters.

One argument is that chains can be cheaper for the locals, and I have no doubt that Wal-Mart is cheaper than a local store. But if you consider that Wal-Mart pulls money consistently out of the community, I wonder if the community and its locals would be better off paying a little bit more and having their own businesses thrive, which gives them more money to spend.

Are there any cities that have banned national chains? How has that worked out? If I was on a city council I'd strongly consider it. And I think it goes double for a tourist-dependent town. You go on vacation to shake things up, and I wonder if tourism will decline in the long term if every tourist town eventually becomes a strip of La Quinta, Starbucks, and Applebee's.

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Old 04-13-2013, 09:53 PM   #61
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I have traveled a lot. I still travel a lot. Just because its a local joint does not make it good. There are a lot of shit places to eat. I dont go to chains anywhere. So some moron idea that banning chains means goo local stuff will somehow appear is nuts. Make local places deliver better than a chain and prosper. There are chains like Tim Hortons that are awesome. Its sad we dont have Tim Hortons any town will benefit from good chains. And suffer from crap. Give me Culvers. Give me Chick fil A. Give me Tim hortons. All good. Locals can try to beat them.
That's true. Some local joints are crap and the chain is better. At least you know what you're getting if you've been to that chain before.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:07 PM   #62
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Really? So the idea is to deprive people the opportunity to enjoy what they believe is quality and force them to accept less? What?
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:30 PM   #63
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That is predatory pricing, and its illegal under our antitrust laws. Its also not even close to how Wal-Mart operates.
I worked at a Walmart for a while in college. One week, the Dillons across the road had salad dressing on sale for $1. The Walmart grocery manager sent a couple of guys to Dillons to buy up ALL of the dressing which they brought back to the store. They spent a good chunk of the morning dumping the contents of each bottle down the drain and trowing the empty bottle in the trash.

Monthly, one of the secondary managers would tell us which products were the "loss-leaders", which meant these products were being sold below cost.
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I have traveled a lot. I still travel a lot. Just because its a local joint does not make it good. There are a lot of shit places to eat. I dont go to chains anywhere. So some moron idea that banning chains means goo local stuff will somehow appear is nuts. Make local places deliver better than a chain and prosper. There are chains like Tim Hortons that are awesome. Its sad we dont have Tim Hortons any town will benefit from good chains. And suffer from crap. Give me Culvers. Give me Chick fil A. Give me Tim hortons. All good. Locals can try to beat them.
Chick fil A? Culvers?!? WTF is wrong with you?
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I'll eat at a chain restaurant if it's regional or something I've never been to before. For instance, I would like to try Steak and Shake. I'd much rather, however, try interesting local food. But none of that would typically influence my decision at my age. I've got two young kids, and the attractions is what draws our tourist dollars at this point. Once they're off to college, the food and atmosphere will be a higher priority.
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Chick fil A? Culvers?!? WTF is wrong with you?
Chick Fil A makes a damn fine chicken sandwich, and I don't even like chicken sandwiches.
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I live in a tourist town and it's full of chains. And vacationers scoop that shit up. There are plenty of local shops, but chains aren't affected here. They thrive.
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That fricking bread baking at Subway, reeks of herbs and oil.
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