It seems that every day, there are more home improvement retailers popping up around the corner. Okay, maybe not every day but it does surely feel that way as more is likely, where ever it is that you are, within at least a thirty or forty-minute drive, you will find yourself at one of the many home improvement retailers that are advertising themselves all over the television and Internet. And for many people, this has never been a thought that crossed their mind, as it seems natural now to find these large chains everywhere.
Many people actually do see a lot of benefit in having some of the world’s largest home improvement retailers right in their back yard, or so to speak. For the many homeowners that are trying their hand at self home improvement, having these large home improvement retailers right around the corner is a blessing.
They are constantly having to run and buy new supplies or building materials for their homes. For homes that seem to always have something going wrong, it is very convenient to have a few home improvement retailers right in town as it saves them a lot of time and energy than having to drive to several smaller stores that have limited supplies compared to the large chains.
Who They Hurt
But as with anything that is new, bigger, and better, there seems to always be someone or some business left behind in the dusk. It has been said by many that the large home improvement retailers have put so many small-town mom and pop type shops out of business.
These businesses that have sometimes been around for generations are suddenly being wiped out and that company and family have lost their income. But others argue that while the bigger home improvement retailers are putting little stores out of business, the jobs that are gained from that store opening is worth it for the community.
Still, even with the increase in jobs for the area that the home improvement retailers provide, there is a sense of customer focus that is lost. The idea is that the smaller stores are more personal and can give better attention to each individual customer. But, in a world where everyone is on the go and has no time to waste, we may be looking at a new way of shopping where the customer doesn’t want that one on one attention and would rather trade that comfort for the convenience of the home improvement retailers.