It's a shame when small, independent businesses are forced to shut down. =( It's impossible for them to compete with the huge buying power and seemingly bottomless bank accounts of large corporations.
I try to support them as much as possible. I love small, independent book stores and music stores, but they are almost as rare as non-chain restaurants around here. They exist, but you really have to search them out.
Consumers can't be blamed for looking for the best prices so we flock to the huge places to get the most bang for our buck. But I sure miss the days of going into a store where the owner would be there to help or answer questions or to order something for you if you needed it. You may not have had 40 kinds of canned tomatoes to choose from but the personalized service, the genuine care that you recieved, seems more and more to be a thing of the past.