There are often letters to the editor bashing Walmart and extolling the virtues of our local businesses.
Safeway is not a local business. According to Wikipedia, it is a Fortune 500 company and the second largest supermarket chain after the Kroger Co. It was founded in American Falls, Idaho, in 1915, and is currently headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif.
Fred Meyer is a chain of hypermarkets (food and department store combined). It was founded in Portland in 1922. Fred Meyer was acquired by the Kroger Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1998. Kroger is one of the largest grocery store chains in the U.S.
Costco is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the U.S. As of July 2011, it was the sixth largest retailer in the U.S., and the seventh largest retailer in the world. It is headquartered in Kirkland, Wash.
Rite Aid is also a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Walgreens is one of the largest drug retailing chains in the U.S., and is headquartered in Illinois.
These are all big box stores, just like Walmart. None of them are local businesses unless you define local as the place the stores were built.
All of these stores have pharmacies now we have no independent pharmacies except Paramount Drug in Astoria.
We have one independent grocery store in Warrenton. Safeway and Fred Meyer havent put them out of business, and I doubt that Walmart will, either.