In any neighborhood, there's some turnover of stores. This can be a bad thing when a store you like closes, or a good thing when a great new store opens up.
Recently we had a large bookstore close down near us. I don't buy books at bookstores since I think they are incredibly overpriced, so I was eager to see what would replace the bookstore. A restaurant? (Good) A Babies R Us? (Great) A Trader Joe's? (Awesome!)
It wasn't any of those things. It was a store that sells party supplies.
You know what would have been better than a store that sells party supplies? ANYTHING ELSE.
Who shops at a store for party supplies anyway? Can't you get anything you need for a party at like a Target or something? What kind of crazy parties is everyone throwing where such a store would actually be profitable?
Anyway, there was another giant lot near me that's been undergoing construction for about six months. I was pretty excited to see what was going to be there. I was hoping for a gas station because there aren't any between my work and the daycare without a detour, so that would have been perfect.
So today I found out that what they're building in the lot is... a bank.
I was literally furious when I discovered this. There's already a bank right across the street. How many freaking banks do we need? Why do people keep building useless stores?