This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Size Matters

Yesterday in discussing the Health Department's report on their Buzzy's inspection, I noted how small the Store is inside at approximately 600 sq. feet.  If you include the front porch sq. ft. it brings the total up to a whopping 900 sq. ft..  

So just for comparison's sake and a lesson in humility, I did a little googling to see where Buzzy's size ranks in the overall retail world.  Here are some stats that I found:

Average Walmart size  - 180,000 sq ft.

Total Wine size  - 20,000 - 50,000 sq. ft.

Cracker Barrel - 10,000 sq ft.

Dollar General - 9,100 sq. ft.

I found this nice "little" chart documenting sq. ft. for various retailers: 


(For an overview of world wide rankings of retail space per capita (click here.)  It won't surprise you to learn who is ranked Number One.)

But back to how Buzzy's ranks when compared to other similar businesses, a more apples-to-apples comparison if you will, here are some other stats I landed upon:

Average size of a 7/11 convenience store  - 2,500 - 4,000 sq. ft.

Neighborhood bar/pub - 2,200 sq. ft.

Off-premise Liquor Store - approximately 1,800 sq. ft. (click here)

Bottom line, Buzzy's is still at the bottom of the size line.  Doesn't bother me however because we all know:

I had this video cued up to use following a politically-related post I had in mind on all the protest mess going on.  However, the Dems beat me to it with their Billy Porter version shown at their convention kick off the other night (click here.)  Billy's version isn't bad; but being the old rock n roll fart that I am, think I still prefer Stephen's original take shown below.  "Nobody's right if everybody's wrong" is up there with the all time best rock lines ever written don't you think?  Notice how succinct it is.  That size thing again as in small is better!

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