Then Sam had less control, eventually died, and now they are all over the place.
Where I lived in Illinois, the only two communities that had WalMarts 25 years ago were smaller farming communities with many small rural towns surronding them. Of course, all the mom and pop stores in those same towns ended up shutting down...but hey, that is how things work. It worked out really well for the communities as it really helped the sales tax and property tax base. They provided local jobs and many day one employees retired after 25 or 30 years.....it was also saved people from having to drive 60 miles round trip to purchase some of the same items from other retailers and at the time most of the Wal Marts did have a lot of Made in America products.