The Wal Mart vs. Gottschalks Thing
I thought that was a pretty even handed story the Times- Standard did on the speculation over Wal Mart supposedly being interested in buying Gottschalks. Time will tell if Wal Mart actually is interested in such a deal. Even if they are, I doubt an actual Wal Mart will end up at the Bayshore Mall. This looks like just a business deal to me.
One thing I never knew was K Mart bought out Sears some years ago. As someone in the story mentioned, I haven't noticed any changes in Sears since K Mart took it over.
But, sometimes changes do occur. I think- what used to be- Payless Drugs in Eureka went downhill after Rite Aid bought out them out and actually took over and changed the name of their stores. That happened so long ago I can't remember what exactly it was I liked about the old Payless as opposed to today's Rite Aid.