Originally posted by jeepguy
wanderingjew, not to start anymore "chain" trouble, but do you "actually shop in a grocery store"? Do you you use gas stations? Do you go to a regional "chain" hospital? Dr Bud and Martha next door are getting a little long in the tooth.
Well if you are, you're going to chains. You should boycott "all" chains, period. Raise your own livestock, brew your own beer, cook your own food and maybe buy an electric car. LOL. Sorry this is kind of a joke, but come on now- with the exception of the few Mom and Pop restaurants in my area, we're over run by franchising everywhere. I have my places and you have your's- relax man.
No....no one around here would ever start more "chain trouble." Somehow, I missed this post the first time around, but I can clear this up for you.
I have taken one of the more aggressive anti-chain discussion stances around here -- I am sure that there are many a post that can back that up. But, I am not anti-chain -- as I find that I eat in some of them on pretty rare occasion. However, this site is dedicated to "The most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America." It is on the front page -- in big, bold, blue type -- right at the top. You can't miss it. If you want, I will wait here while you go read it for yourself....
Further, the front page goes on to describe "What is Roadfood?" I will let you view that one on your own time, but you get the idea. If I eat at Carabba's (which I have done on), I don't feel the need to tell people about it -- because it is the same as the Carabba's that you have near you.
If this was a web site dedicated to the local general store, Pop's fillin' station, or bed and breakfast, then posts about Publix, Exxon, and Hampton Inn would likely be just as out of place.
I do my best to shop small businesses where it can be done, is not too inconvenient, and where the business can offer better quality than can be found elsewhere.
This is not meant as a brag, but even the corporate stores/chains/franchises -- whatever you want to call them -- that I frequent, have most of their roots in mom and pop businesses -- Publix is the most clearly defined example that I can think of off the top of my head.
If you want to read this as another anti-chain post -- go ahead, but you would really be missing the point.