It appears that Wal-Mart may be offering cash and benefits to keep small rival businesses alive when its mega-stores move into their communities.
How and whether this will work will be an interesting thing to track.
One observation amid all of the Wal-Mart-bashing: Big is not always bad. I'm a bookstore lover and, as a general practice, try to give business to smaller stores. The decision , however, depends upon the quality of service and selection, not the size. Some small bookstores have terrible customer service. Should we shed a tear if those louts get driven out of business?