No matter where you live in the USA, chain stores are everywhere, especially in the suburbs. There are hidden negatives to spending your money there:
- Homogeneous shopping experience such that where you live has no unique character.
- Money leaves the community, which lowers tax revenues. Money going into the pocket of local entrepreneurs that are likely to put that money back into other local businesses.
- Difficult for local entrepreneurs to compete, especially due to municipalities giving subsidies and tax breaks to large national chains.
- Stores commonly understaffed with people that lack knowledge and motivation, usually due to low pay and poor benefits.
- Less local jobs due to lower staffing by chain stores.
- Local businesses can be a social experience as they live in the community and they stay with the business for a very long time. Fast turnover at chains means you can’t build these relationships.
- While a chain may have better prices (although you’d be surprised), consider how you spend less time in smaller, better staffed stores, with knowledgable employees.