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As Indian government lifts Wal-Mart ban, small business owners go on strike

Today, kirana owners across India will be closing their doors, Reuters reports. Kirana, which are small grocery and convenience stores, will be protesting a government decision to allow foreign supermarkets, including Wal-Mart, to open up in India. Not unlike small business owners in the West, the Indian kirana owners fear the move could lead to the destruction of small, family-owned stores that have come to occupy a central place in Indian life.

Hitting a wall

Wal-Mart hits a wall

Has the big box giant finally peaked?