Surely this is just the American way? Pile it high, sell it so cheap that one's business cannot possibly survive or re-invest unless it is gambling or illicit drugs .... Then when one business goes 'down', some other person thinks they will try to fill that space because they know better .... but they do not.
One of our properties is in an idyllic French region ... The nearby village of maybe 2000 people has two very active bars, a 'local shop' which sells food etc, a petrol station, a post office, a boulangerie that bakes fresh twice a day, a boucherie and a full time restaurant.
All that survives because the village actively supports
those businesses ... Are the goods obtainable at a far cheaper price 15 km away in the local market town? Yes, of course ... But we support our neighbours, we pay the premium to keep the village alive and healthy.
The reason that the USA is one almost endless (and soulless) strip mall ..... is because that is what the US culture creates; a bitter, money grabbing hive of dystopic despair for the majority ... That is if one can use the term 'culture' even loosely where the US is involved.