Sunday, November 18, 2012 | Categories: Documentaries
Nestled in the heart of New York's Adirondack State Park, Saranac Lake is a fleece and flannel kind of town. Population 55-hundred - give or take a few hikers and paddlers - it has charm, character, majestic scenery, a sense of community.
What it didn't have - until recently - was a place to buy bedsheets, a table cloth, affordable socks or even the yarn to darn them. In short - there was no department store.
In 2002, the thriving local Ames Department Store - 40-thousand
square feet of retail space - was shut down when its parent company went
belly up. Residents of Saranac Lake had to travel more than an hour -
each way - to shop for basic goods.
But in 2006, the prospect of a mega store caused a mega debate in town, and planted the seeds for a radical retail alternative. That alternative is called The Community Store. Its clientele are also its shareholders. The members of the board of directors all live down the road - and the President drops by almost every day.
Susan Mckenzie went to Saranac Lake. Her documentary is called I Thank Walmart.