Sandy Powell, owner of the Toy Barn at the Bayshore Mall, announced yesterday that she’s closing her storefront due to her concerns about Walmart moving in to the mall.
Whatever ideological drama progs are trying to wring from this has been somewhat complicated by Powell’s other announcement: That she’s setting up shop with Amazon.com instead.
In today’s Times-Standard, J Hockaday said he has heard concerns about Walmart from some business owners.
But, local businesses are always having to adjust to the market, he said.
”The market changes every day. … businesses that survive, they have done so because they knew how to adapt to changing conditions,” Hockaday said.
We predict that Walmart will be blamed for much more before we’re through. We already know Humboldt’s crap economy is their fault, as is the global mortgage crisis, the overproduction of marijuana, erectile dysfunction, the epidemic of childhood obesity, Mariano Rivera’s torn ACL, darkness at night, and a short-lived chorizo shortage at the new Live From New York pizza storefront at 6th and F in Eureka.
So are massive retailers killing local business, or are digital malls like Amazon’s Marketplace the savior of small retail outlets? Only time will tell.
Powell said that moving her store to Amazon will allow her to sell a broader range of items and reach more people. “I can take what people loved about all the stores I have had and sell it in one convenient place,” she said.
We wish her every success.