Newspapers: Big box stores of community information

I woke up this morning thinking about Wegman’s.

I don’t know why.

And I know why I then flashed on a local Rite-Aid.

Rite-Aid or Walgreen’s aren’t exactly Walmart, but they are a long way from the drug stores as I knew as a kid. They offer a lot more choice.

And then there is Wal-mart, and the way K-mart and Target have been forced to transform themselves to keep.

And then there is the Internet.

Consumers today demand choice. They want choice in what is available and choice in how they get it.

And then I thought: Newspapers need to transform themselves into the big box stores of community information.

That’s not a new philosophy for me. It’s just a different way of saying it. And I say it fully aware of all the implications and nuances of the metaphor.

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