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    Small General Stores Making Comeback in Rural Germany

    Small general stores are making a comeback in German villages because residents are no longer willing to drive long distances to remote supermarkets, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

    The Tante Emma Laden, or “Auntie Emma store,” as small corner shops are commonly called in Germany, is experiencing a renaissance thanks to state funding, the magazine's website said.

    For many years the stores were thought to be dying out. But in the last decade, some 20,000 big supermarkets have pulled out of communities with fewer than 5,000 residents and aren’t opening new locations in places with populations smaller than 8,000, Der Spiegel reported.

    But some 15 percent of Germany’s population lives in such small towns – where new mini markets often also serving as community centres – are cropping up across the country.

    “A village store only works in economically unsure times when it identifies with the residents,” project coordinator at the Schleswig-Holstein agricultural ministry Christina Pfeiffer told Der Spiegel.

    The town of Gülzow with 1,300 residents, for example, received some €800,000 in state funding towards a new building for a store on the main street. It’s one of some 25 village stores in the state that have been built to suit individual community needs in addition to selling groceries. Other services postal service, lotto, snack bars, and venues for local student and senior gatherings.

    “Above all, one hears here first what’s going on in town,” customer Vera Poggenhorn told the magazine.

    Similar projects are also underway in the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, where more than 200 such Tante Emma Laden have opened their doors – mainly through local initiative.
    http://www.thelocal.de/society/20091103-22997.html

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    This is good news in my view.

    Supermarkets are signs of globalism. It's better to support the local peoples and local economy instead.

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    Yes this is very good news, I hope they make it.

    If they keep the ownership away from the corporations that would want to have fake small town General stores. That is the kind of thing that I don't like about the US.

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    I was not aware there was even a problem with this in Germany.

    Here a lot of people prefer to go to them to get better products than what are in corporate large stores, although a lot are over priced with the same thing, so it becomes a redundant scam for people who cannot travel.

    I think the worst kind are the ones that are not even specific to a type of good (like just food). Stuff like Walmart that does everything, then ends up being poor at all of it and killing all business.

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    This is good news .The Ma and Pa stores as I call small family owned stores were just about put out of business in the USA in the 70's and 80's except in some remote rural areas by the coming of first 7-11 and then k-mart and wall-mart. I always support the still surviving few that are left.This is a perfect example of the big money jews putting out smaller family owned establishments.

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    That is good news! I wish that would happen in the USA, as stores like Kroger & Wal-Mart are becoming a monopoly.

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    We buy most of our meat and agricultural products at local butchers and farmers and avoid those large supermarket chains where we can. There´s a small Tante Emma Laden (Kramerladen) in a nearby village and it´s a special feeling to enter a market and receive a personal cordial welcome.

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