On my way home from work today, I went into a brand new Wal-Mart store that opened up just this week (in Bloomington, Minnesota). This is one of those mega-giant Wal-Marts that has a huge grocery store on the right half and a regular Wal-Mart on the left half.
Like we all do, I decided to mosey over to the jewelry department and see what sort of G-Shock inventory this brand new store had. Strangely, I couldn't locate the department. So I happened to come across a guy with an "Assistant Store Manager" badge and asked him where the watches were.
"This store doesn't have a jewelry department," he replied.
"Really? Do you sell any sorts of watches anywhere, like a black plastic Casio or Timex?" I asked.
"Sorry, we don't carry any watches at all."
I was shocked. I've heard of the trend of young people just not wearing watches anymore, but for the biggest mass merchant in the U.S. to exclude wristwatches of any type, from a brand new store -- it boggled my mind.
Has anyone else noticed this? I was under the assumption that Wal-Mart would be one of the country's biggest sellers of consumer-grade watches. For them to get out of the business would be big news to us.
Guess it's more business for Amazon!