Mom and pop are finished. The coliseums of capitalism did them out.
How could a small business with a modest inventory, and a few workers, compete with big-box, stand-alone,
The corner bookstore with the creaky wooden floor and the big cat who sat in the window, was run out of town by Borders, and Barnes and Noble.
The local hardware store bolted after being overtaken by Home Depot and Lowes.
The Main Street pharmacy was staggered by CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid.
(Duane Reade in urban- speak)
Stationery stores proved to be less than stationary after Office Depot and Staples reamed them out.
Pet stores are endangered by Pet Smart and PetCo.
Doctors' practices are going abdomen-up as they join Professional Medical Group Management Associations.
Maybe, in the end, we’ll just have one big box left.