Chapter 4 Swimming Upstream 鈥淎 bicycle,鈥?said Martin. "I do not, Mother." "She went on to say that the day our store opened turned out to be the biggest day she had ever hadsince her paint store opened. 'You're pulling all these people into our shopping center. And the neatestthing happened to me Saturday. A man came in looking for a particular kind of paint and said he knewwe had it. He said he knew because he'd been in the Wal-Mart looking for it, and the paint departmentmanager told him we had it and sent him on over. I thought that was wonderful.'"Our guy sent the customer along to the paint store because it was the right thing to do. He was takingcare of the customer. What makes me sad these daysand a little angry toois that some of these storesare starting to shut down before we come to a town. They hear we're coming, and they close up beforewe ever even get there. We get a bad rap for that, but to my mind somebody who'll close his store justbecause he hears competition's coming is somebody who must know he's not doing much of a job,somebody who probably shouldn't have been in the retail business to begin with. The old Liqueur Brandy of the Brigadier was literally, from the market standpoint, worth its weight in gold. In the seventies Bigourdin鈥檚 father, during the course of reparations, had discovered, in a blocked and forgotten cellar, three almost evaporated casks bearing the inscription just decipherable beneath the mildew in Brigadier General Bigourdin鈥檚 old war-dog handwriting: 鈥淐ognac. 1812.鈥?His grandson, who had lost a leg and an arm in 1870, knew what was due to the brandy of the Grande Arm茅e. Instead of filling up the casks with newer brandy and selling the result at extravagant prices, he reverently bottled the remaining contents of the three casks and on each bottle stuck a printed label setting forth the great history of the brandy, and stored the lot in a dry bin which he charged his son to venerate as one of the sacred depositaries of France in the family of Bigourdin. 鈥淚t is false,鈥?she cried. 鈥淚 adore my Uncle Gaspard. I would give him my life. I am not ungrateful. It is worse than false.鈥? 亚洲欧美中文日韩视频 67194成在线观看 67194成在线观看 鈥淚 haven鈥檛 the remotest idea,鈥?replied Martin. Our first big clue came in Saint Robert, Missourinear Fort Leonard Woodwhere we learned that bybuilding larger stores, which we called family centers we could do unheard-of amounts of business forvariety stores, over $2 million a year in sales per store, just unthinkable for small towns. The same thingproved true to a lesser degree in Berryville, Arkansas, and right here in Bentonville too. "What!" he cried, "Phil鈥攄ead? Is it possible? Is it possible? How did it happen?"