Welcome back to the latest installment of PP&B, your only source of ill-informed, vapid opinion.
Our next guest on the show is Freedom Furniture and Electronics, a business that will replace the Books-A-Million that currently sits at Cross Country Plaza on Macon Road.
Lots of upset people in the community on this one. Just look at the reader comments at the bottom of the story. For example, gradschoolgirl said "As a resident of MidTown, I am thoroughly disappointed. I will not be visiting this store."
OK, fair enough, we here in the dungeon salt works of PP&B would never deign to tell anyone how to spend their cash.
Here's the problem, though: What should be done instead? The book store is going, and there will be nothing in its place without Freedom Furniture and Electronics, which made a business decision to locate at this area and has agreed to whatever rent is being charged.
Everybody involved is making their own personal decisions. What could be more American than that?
Oh, sure, we can argue (and our online commenters certainly have) that this isn't in the best interest of Midtown. That this isn't the right type of business for the area. Some allege that it preys on the military with its financing methods.
But what about all this personal responsibility we've heard so much about recently on the state and national level? Do we need our government telling us what stores we should and shouldn't frequent? Or what business is allegedly trying to take advantage of us? Should Midtown Inc. actually fight against a business coming into its area?
We believe the men and women in the military can figure out for themselves where to spend their money. And we think the market should decide what businesses thrive and which ones don't.
So, ultimately, we side with the philosophy of gradschoolgirl: If you don't like it, don't go there.
That certainly seems like a better alternative to crying about a store you don't like and pining for a BeBe coming to town.