"Urban Walmarts Are Great," declares Slate, based upon Yglesias' excursion to an urban Walmart store that has now been open for two (2) days. Yglesias reports that the two-day-old Walmart store is "pretty great," and that concludes that "cities that have been fending off Walmart have been shooting themselves in the foot."
A pleasant time was had by Yglesias during his visit to Walmart, to be sure. But the story does not end there. For this O. Henry-esque tale comes with its own twist: Matt Yglesias, you see, did not purchase any goods at Walmart.
I wasn't in the market for any fresh meat or produce, and the vast majority of the store is dedicated to dry goods. But why would I buy some socks or a no-stick frying pan or a coffee maker at Walmart when Amazon Prime would ship almost anything to my door in 36 hours?
Why would I buy some socks in the store where I am right now, when I could have them delivered 36 hours from now?
Matthew Yglesias is Slate's business and economics correspondent.