In less than two decades, large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America, capturing nearly 30% of the more than $2.3 trillion dollars Americans spend at stores each year. Stacy Mitchell (senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance) discussed with WMNF's Rob Lorei how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement—and she described how a growing number of communities and independent businesses are effectively fighting back. Mitchell discussed whether there actually are lower prices at chain stores; the tax subsidies given to mega-retailers; and the history of opposition to giant stores which displace local businesses. She'll be speaking at 7PM Thursday night at the Friday Morning Musicale Building (809 Horatio St.) in Tampa's Hyde Park @ 7PM. It's a benefit for the Tampa Independent Business Alliance.

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