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Introduction Everyday millions of people are forced to shop for a variety of items Many factors contribute to where a shopper will choose to go including price location and versatility and a big box retailer is able to offer the public all of these things Big box businesses have changed the way people shop not only since weekly markets were common but also they have changed shopping in the last ten years Big box retail stores can either have a positive or a negative impact on the city depending on who is arguing Local merchants believe that big box stores are something that no city needs or wants yet is the public who wants these massive stores The city of Kamloops has seen the development of many big box stores in recent years and there out look on them is a positive one Shopping in the Past The method in which people shop and the reasons for shopping have changed drastically through out time During the 15th century Romans Held weekly local markets outdoors Sattertherwaite 2001 This was not only an opportunity to buy needed supplies but markets also provided community members an opportunity to socialize with each other Weekly markets were important for social leveling for it did not matter to the merchant who was rich or poor All that was important to them was that they received the money for the goods and all people no matter their social class everybody paid the same price Sattertherwaite 2001 Socialization has continued to play a primary role in shopping but in recent years people have found shopping to be an inconvenience No longer is shopping seem as a way to meet old friends or as a way to escape the hectic duties that remain at home Shopping is seen as a chore and when consumers leave the house they have a mission they want to complete Characteristics of a Big Box Retailer Wal-Mart is in
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