It’s only been the past few years I’ve been going to Walmart. Initially, I steered away from them, as I believed they crushed the small-town indy stores, didn’t treat their employees very well, and peddled sub-standard Chinese imports. But, as my income was drastically cut, suddenly reality came in the form of a smaller wallet.
So, when I lived in Phoenix, I began frequenting a centrally-located Walmart. In the urban center of the
ninth sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States. And, I saved money.
But, I also noticed that the aisles were unkempt and dirty, the stock not kept up, employees were not motivated to help, and signage in both English and Spanish. Perhaps it’s politically incorrect, but I find that annoying. This IS still the United States, not Estados Unidos. (as of this writing)
Then, recently I relocated to Tempe, S.E. of Phoenix, a smaller college-flavored community, but still linked to Phoenix as part of The Valley of the Sun. And I moved my Phoenix Walmart pharmacy records there, and now visit a closer, more-accessible Walmart.
And it’s cleaner, the staff more helpful, and the signs are in just one language (English) – this in a college town adjacent to a Latino/Indian mix community just a few miles away.
I suspect they still don’t treat their employees well, and still sell sub-standard
poisonous Chinese products, but, I have hope.
I can’t wait to see if the pharmacy service improved, as well.
(PS – I’ve been advise there may be some other language signage there – if so, it’s vastly understated. Kudos!)