Originally Posted by Okstate
I woulnd't mind having a Flemings Steakhouse while we're on the subject of chains.
Off topic- When does a "chain" become unpopular by Oregon standards. I mean if Stumptown started branching out exclusively to Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, would all the (locals) stop their patronage immediately? Or if the corporate office is homebased out of Oregon then "chains" aren't bad anymore???
There are a couple different views on chains in Portland and why some Portlanders don't like them. Here's a few reasons you may find people using:
1) supporting local businesses, keeps money in the local economy, rather than the profits going to anonymous shareholders out of state and out of country
2) local businesses, rather than corporatized chains, tend to be more independent and unique. Authenticity is highly valued in Portland, particularly when it comes to business owners trying to cater a product to the people here, rather than a generalized national consumer identity
3) local businesses are usually more responsive to the community, and are viewed as fitting in better to the local environment. Particularly relevant are issues of social responsibility and environmental awareness.
4) local businesses are usually viewed as offering a higher quality product, food, service, etc - as they have to compete with larger companies
5) perhaps most importantly, is the identity issue. Many, many Portlanders view themselves as different than the rest of the country, and thus identify with companies that aren't just a clone of every other company out there.
Just thought I'd throw those out there as I realized not everyone are aware of them.
One interesting story is a Seattle coffee equipment mfgr sold out to Starbucks; Stumptown (a local company) stopped using their coffee brewing equipment as they were viewed as 'selling out to the enemy.' LINK