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Everything you write sounds good in theory, but I know of at least 2 or 3 thrift stores that pulled their plug where I reside, one even downsized to less than half the space they originally operated out of.
Part of the trouble is that these big box places are/were in high rent districts / areas, and the little one (little guy) or entrepreneur doesn't have the green stamps to open up and operate in those high rent districts.
The old big box stores abandoned and still owned by them will sit vacant for many years. No tax revenue for the city at all to speak of. One Walmart location which closed recently sold for $1M, I was sort of shocked it sold for that much because the area has basically turned from a good/great retail commerce area to a near ghetto setting.
And BTW, the area (uptown) of where the riots happened here were to be gentrified by our city council. The method they used was that any property that had numerous police calls, fire calls, complaints about building codes, were deemed as problems, and the city made people move from those houses/apartments, and then condemned those properties with intentions of razing them into vacant lots. The city was also in the planning stages of rehabbing the entire uptown area with redesigned floral/tree arrangements, parking arrangements and so forth to "beautify" a run down 100+ year old tacky part of the city. Shame on them.