I have been putting off going to Staples to buy a new phone for my office. Staples drains all of the energy from my body and makes me feel depressed. And I like office supplies.
I’m not sure if it the lack of design and style, or the depressing people that shop at stores like Staples (kind of like the people you find at rest stops, transients, people stopping there because they have to, no one you want to hang out with).
Here’s my list of Chain Stores and how they make me feel:
Chain stores that depress me: Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Best Buy, AC Moore, Office Max
Chain stores that make me so happy: TJ Maxx, Target, CVS and Nordstrom Rack
Chain stores that make me kind of angry because of smarmy or snotty salespeople or the fact that they are a chain or that their stuff is too expensive for its quality but I sometimes need or want stuff from: Apple Store, Bloomingdale’s, Borders, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware
Stores that I like but sometimes are overwhelming and hot or too crowded: Sephora, Stride Rite, H&M
Chain restaurants that annoy me because there is a 2 hour wait and the food is not that good: Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s
QSR chains: that makes my kids happy so make me happy: McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Bertucci’s and Johnny Rockets
Chain stores that I like and wish I could afford more stuff from: Paper Source, Cole Haan, Saks Fifth Avenue
What did I miss? What do you agree with? Any other chain stores that make you feel happy or bummed out?