Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom and Pop (DVD)
The overtaking of small independent businesses by large corporate chains has long been a point of contention in American media. Many of the “big box” retailers at the center of the debate started out as single-owner stores themselves. What did they do rise into the upper echelons of the corporate market? Do small “mom and pop” stores still stand a chance against retail giants? Join journalists Hanson Hein and Heather Hughes as they attempt an experiment into the disparity faced by small business. Limiting themselves to only rural highways and independent stores, the hosts discover how hard independent retailers are fighting to preserve their businesses. Some towns have even gone as far as outlawing big retailers altogether. The experiment reveals why some communities are forcing franchise chains out, while others depend on large national chains to support their entire economy.
Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom and Pop