Comment 31324

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted May 27, 2009 at 13:30:31

It very well could have changed, but I thought that Wal-Mart needed a community of at least 120,000 to sustain each box store - at least I learned that years ago when I worked there in high school. The model could have changed though.

I remember that because we had two Wal-Marts in our city, but the suburban population surrounding it made it workable even though the city proper didn't have enough to sustain both.

There are situations (like Macomb, Illinois - I remember being there a few times and thinking about how they'd keep it up) where even though the town is only 20,000 people or so they get lots of people from outlying areas - because statewide they only have 1 for every 250,000 or so, I believe, and people will drive significant distances when they're coming in for farm equipment and all their other necessities, which is not the situation here.

Perhaps the Canadian model is different from the American one, but it seems like the numbers are getting stretched.

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