The one thing that astonished me most about America after I became an OTR (over-the-road) trucker, almost 30 years ago was the sameness in all the U.S. towns. Not just in restaurants, but the Home Depots, Lowe's, supermarket chains , motels/hotels chains, Auto repair shops, Auto parts stores,Walmarts, Kmarts, Targets, Banks etc. the list goes on and on.
I live in Las Cruces, NM(100,000 pop.)which is just a backwater place in America, but our town is literally inundated with these chain outlets/stores.
And I confess I have mixed emotions because the goods and services offered by some of these companies are excellent, but like Danni said, most of the jobs with these companies are usually minimum wage and/or maybe at best, some local people being made asst. managers with moderate salaries.
The bulk of the millions of dollars generated goes to Corporate coffers thousands of miles away. It's like were Plantations.