Walmart’s 32 Year Viral Proliferation

From The University of Minnesota’s Thomas Holmes’ paper The Diffusion of Wal-Mart and Economies of Density. Via Box Tank.

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  1. RandomHookup says:

    Hey, I can see my little bitty hometown. Store #18, I think. Have some Sam Walton stories from my neighbors and roommate. I also remember leaving Arkansas in the 80′s and talking to people with no concept of Wal-Mart.

  2. Bubba Barney says:

    The southern coast is pretty much the ‘crotch’ of America [no offense], so calling it a ‘viral infection’ makes sense.

  3. RandomHookup says:

    So what does that make Florida?

  4. Grady says:

    Interesting. There was a big bump in new stores in 1981. There was a switch from expansion into new areas to more densely populating existing areas around 1994.

    /A guy named Bubba is taking digs at the best part of the country?

  5. asten77 says:

    Lucky rocky mountain states.. :)

  6. Wormfather is Wormfather says:

    Well that was fun.

  7. hmbddd says:

    @RandomHookup: I always thought it kinda looked like we were peeing on Cuba!

  8. Japheaux says:

    @RandomHookup
    Kind of like today…..people with no concept of Wal ‘*’ Mart.

  9. @Japheaux: You just replied to a 2 year old comment :D

  10. Nevada seems to be repelling the Wal*Mart hordes. Perhaps the aliens DO have something to offer us.

  11. @Lucifer_Cat: Ha ha ha!

  12. Imaginary_Friend says:

    Did this thread really rise from the grave after two years or are my funny pills kicking in?

    Re: the map – I’m actually surprised there aren’t more, especially in the western states. Go, recession?