Any statistics on those numbers you throw around? I live in a small-medium sized metropolitan area in the northeast, with several Walmart stores, including one in the center of the city. Other local retailers continue to exist, though some have had to become more competitive to maintain customers. Small, local stores will survive by providing specialty products or services which customers don't find at Walmart or other large chains. I know where to shop other than Walmart for the best delicatessen items, low-priced produce, hardware items with knowledgeable instruction, and better quality clothing. When I want brand-name groceries, housewares, small appliances and other items, Walmart (or Target, Kmart, et al) saves me a lot of money.