Wal-Mart Nation: Is anxiety over box stores taking over your life?

Brian Clark over at Copyblogger called out bloggers today, asking them to take a headline from the metrosexual magazine “Details” and rewrite it (along with a blog post) for something that works on your blog.

He did this not long ago with Cosmopolitan headlines, and that was fruitful for anyone who writes their own blog, ad copy, etc.

I chose “Worry Nation: Is anxiety taking over your life?” and rewrote it to the subject you see above re: Wal-Mart.

Worrying about box stores is like worrying about that giant meteorite that is going to strike the Earth someday. There’s not a damned thing you can do about either one.

If you are a small business owner in a town that is expecting to get a new box store, DO NOT waste your valuable time, energy and brain cells doing anything other than working to position your business to take advantage of the new store.

For example, if you are a small retailer in Hamilton MT dreading the incoming Wal-Mart Superstore groundbreaking this summer, fighting it is most likely fruitless given the zoning situation in Montana.

Instead, use all that hand-wringing, forehead-wrinkling, can’t-sleep-at-night energy to figure out what products to pitch, what products to upgrade (Wal-Mart doesn’t do premium, remember?) and how to make sure that their arrival is a boon to your business.

Having a Wal-Mart next to your store is like having an inbound link from WSJ.com. Traffic, baby. Is it possible for you to move your store into the most advantageous place next to the new Wal-Mart? Or is it better to open a new location in addition to your current one on the main shopping district?

Let Wal-Mart have the price shoppers. Let everyone else worry about them. Spend your time being strategic, planning BEFORE they arrive and take advantage of every possible bit of publicity to draw attention (and buyers) to your store.

2 thoughts on “Wal-Mart Nation: Is anxiety over box stores taking over your life?”

  1. I know this was a “joke” post, but your advice still sounds pretty good. I’m not a fan of Wal-Mart. Offering premium something–anything–sounds like a good way to beat Wal-Mart at a game they’re not even trying to play. :)

  2. Actually Clare, it wasn’t a joke at all, and in fact, your last thought was right on target. It’s a lot easier to win a game your competition isnt even trying to play.

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