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Those Wicked Chain Stores -- Not So Wicked After All?

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I rather like this article from The Atlantic, arguing that the typical arguments against chain stores are misplaced. Among other things, it cites a planning consultant who finds that the aesthetes all hate Pottery Barn because it's a chain and therefore dehumanizing, but that if you show them pictures of a Pottery Barn with a different name on it they all love it.

In bustling, growing towns, "rollouts of established stores allow retail variety to expand as fast as the growing population can support new businesses.... Chains let people in a city of 250,000 enjoy retail amenities once available only in a huge metropolitan center."

Worth a read! (Thanks to Artur Oczko for the link.)

Tom Woods, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute, is the author of a dozen books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. Tom's articles have appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, and his books have been translated into a dozen languages. Tom hosts the Tom Woods Show, a libertarian podcast that releases a new episode every weekday. With Bob Murphy, he co-hosts Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast that refutes Paul Krugman's New York Times column.

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