Town of Lockport Supervisor Marc Smith has stated that he no longer shops at Tops because he does not condone the tactics Tops has used in blocking the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The supercenter would include a grocery store which would compete directly with Tops.
The problem with this is Smith's hypocrisy. What Tops has done is take their strategy straight out of the Wal-Mart playbook. No one is better than Wal-Mart at undercutting the competition. Undercut, then destroy.
What Tops is doing, and Wal-Mart has so successfully done, is defend their turf. It's economics 101. If you have a stranglehold on a marketplace, do everything within your power to defend it.
Football coach Mike Holmgren was an assistant under Bill Walsh. If Holmgren comes back and uses the strategy Walsh taught him against him, you can't blame Holmgren. That is what Tops is doing; using the tactics that Wal-Mart has perfected against them.
Meanwhile, you continue to defend Wal-Mart, while criticizing Tops. You can't have it both ways. Take a step back, take a deep breath and try some objectivity. Otherwise, your legacy will be Wal-Mart. Unless your name is Walton, I'm not too sure that's a legacy worth this fight.