Marketplace AM for November 26, 2004
There's a reason Santa Claus brings up the rear of the Thanksgiving Day parade. It's a not-so-subtle sign that as soon as you've digested the turkey, it's time to sink your teeth into some shopping. Today's unofficial start of the shopping season is known as Black Friday, but before the holidays are over, many people wind up in the red. Americans, it seems, can't help it.
Big retail chains wiping out Mom and Pop stores isn't just an American phenomenon. It's happening in other parts of the world, too - even in Europe, where small grocery markets have been the tradition for generations. One man in Italy is trying a unique method to save the small town stores. He wants the big guys to "adopt" them. Marketplace's Megan Williams reports from the Italian province of Verase.