Saturday, January 23, 2010
WalMart's in Quincy. America's largest retailer hasn't seen fit to locate any operations in Dorchester, Mass.
Dorchester does have a Target outlet in South Bay Center, located in that no-man's land that no one can say is part of Dorchester, part of Roxbury, or part of the South End (probably disowned by the last).
Dorchesterites looking for discount housewares, fashions and sundries can go to the newly re-established BD's Discount on Columbia Road. There's a Family Dollar Store in Fields Corner. There are small dollar stores and convenience stores and discount outlets peppered all over Dorchester, just as they are scattered around Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Eastie, and the further parts of Charlestown. All parts of Boston are Walmart-free. It's snobbier that way. This is good for the small business person, but some Dorchesterites and Mrs. Hydes may want to buy a case of toilet paper at prices near wholesale. There is no Walmart or BJ's they can get to by the T.
Are Dorchesterites really Walmart's target clientele? Maybe one, out-of-the-way Target store is all this part of Boston needs. Looking at the People of Walmart website, I can't say I've ever seen anyone on Dot Ave that could be a target for these mean-spirited jibes.