Bil Browning

The End of an Era

Filed By Bil Browning | July 29, 2005 3:39 PM | comments

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There is an obituary in today's Indianapolis Star. This truly will be the end of an era. The finished conglomerate monster of mega-corporations has firmly buried its axe into the head of that wild, writhing beast - the independent small business.

Now, before anyone takes me to task that a chain of 12 large department stores isn't a "small" business, I'll point out that Federated stores will own 730 stores after it closes these 68 stores. To think of what used to be LS Ayres as a large chain business is quaint, pre-Wal-Mart economics. Nowadays, these huge monstrosities have the money-flow of a mid-sized industrialized nation.

I'll miss going to get a "dress" shirt at Ayres. They have always been the standard of the middle-to-upper class department store. Always a step above JC Penny and never quite as large and bland as Sears, LS Ayres added a slight touch of class to Indiana. It had history. It had tradition.

It will be missed.


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