Wal-Mart and the Amish? Makes a lot of sense.
A new store in Black River Falls, Wisconsin has installed hitching posts for Amish buggies. Some find it odd that the Amish would choose to patronize this icon of modern American commerce.
Amish have actually been shopping at Wal-Marts for years…the buggy hitch is nothing new for places like Washington, Indiana or Millersburg, Ohio.
Smart businesses accommodate local populations, and the Amish are regular shoppers at Wal-Mart and other low-cost venues.
Even the McDonald’s in Sugarcreek, Ohio features parking for the Amish, with a neon sign in trademark McDonald’s yellow directing buggies to their spots.
What about the recent anti-Wal-Mart movement? Does that ’cause’ factor into the average Amish person’s shopping decisions? Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, a recent film detailing, among other things, the firm’s ‘destruction’ of small business in Middlefield, Ohio, comes to mind.
I’m not sure exactly what the Amish think about Wal-Mart’s business practices. Or if most Amish even pause to think about it.
When you have eight mouths to feed, that’s probably ’cause’ enough to keep you busy. And to keep you coming back for low prices.