On one blog I follow related to development and culture in my hometown, I noticed a certain pattern in the responses to articles whenever there was an announcement about a new location of a chain store or business, or when there was any discussion about chain businesses. In the minds of Buffalo's urbanatti, there's good chains and bad chains.
Good chains include
* Those based out of Buffalo and Rochester, no matter what the quality of the product or service is.
* Canadian chains, which are all treated as local by default. Tim Horton's good, Dunkin' Donuts bad. Coffee Culture good, Panera Bread bad. A chain could be based out of British Columbia and still be seen as "local", compared to a chain based out of Cleveland or Pittsburgh.
Bad chains include:
* Anything not based out of Buffalo, Rochester or Canada.
* Anything with a cult following ("Dinosaur Barbecue is overrated", "Trader Joe's is just a glorified Aldi", etc.), unless they're local (Wegmans, Mighty Taco, etc).
Some chains seem to get a pass. Aside from local-by-proxy Canadian chains, there's a lot of love for Ikea (despite the lack of locations in Buffalo), and Penzey's Spices gets a pass from the cult chain hate.
There's no opposition to local chains (Delta Sonic, Chocolate Bar, etc) expanding outside of the Buffalo area; this is seen as a good thing. However, the expansion of chains based in other cities into Buffalo is seen as undesirable,
So, among the urbanatti and armchair planners in your town, how do they respond when there's talk of an out-of-town chain that may open up in a traditional urban neighborhood? Are they welcomed for the business they'll bring, or derided for not being local?