JACK SHEWMAKER: panties. Three for $1.00 and four for $1.00 and nylon hose. He would come in and take an end counter,and say, 'Now, Charlie, here's what you do: on this feature bin you put three for $1.00 panties, and onthis one you put four for $1.00. And you put these nylons right in between the two of them. And thenwatch em sell.' And they did. Like crazy."While I was doing all this running around between Bentonville and Fayetteville and Tennessee and theBen Franklin regional office in Kansas City, my brother Bud had borrowed some money and bought aBen Franklin of his own up in the little town of Versailles, Missouri, population 2,000. He and I kept intouch, but we weren't really doing any business together, and he had started a family and was doingpretty well on his own. Well, one time when I was up in Kansas City I heard about this big subdivisiongoing up thereRuskin Heights. In the middle of the subdivision would be a 100,000-square-footshopping center a whole new concept at that time. It was going to have an A&P store and a BenFranklin store in the middle, a Crown drugstore on the end, and small shops in between. So I called Budand told him to meet me up there right away. I said, "You want to gamble and go into this thing" And hesaid, "Might as well." And we did. We borrowed all the money we could and went into that Ben Franklinfifty-fifty. "Certainly I was. You asked for it. Whenever you take that 'my poor little woman' tone with me, you simply give me a pain. But if you are really up against it鈥擜h!" Regardless of what was going on at Kmart, the new team we had in place in Bentonville by the lateseventies had us well positioned for the next decade of growth. It was around this same time that many ofthe high-flying promoters in the discounting business began to struggle for their lives. The nationaleconomy weakened in the mid-seventies, and the intense competition among the real merchants began todrive the fast-buck types out of the business. The more efficient Kmart, Target, Wal-Mart, and some ofthe regionals became, and the more we bumped into each other in competitive situations, the more wewere able to lower prices. 东京热一本道色综合网_小早川怜子中文字幕_20_10_人人模人人爽人人喊_老鸭子Tv国产目拍 "I'll promise. What's he done? He does a good deal of shady business, I know." But that's what we were going to do. I would love to tell you all that, but unfortunately none of it would be true.