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I'll echo some of the issues with local or small.
I like the idea of a local store and advice would be great but it really is only worth what you paid for it and often not that. The internet is a much better source of info than a clerk or even a single store owner.
Stores do not generally hire experienced marine techs, be that WM or anyone else for that matter. Service business on the other hand do but they are expensive.
WM is not a deal but they have lots of shiney stuff so I visit now and then.
The WM rewards program did not work for me. The fact that we were on a boat and that boat moved was waaaay too much for them to handle. Like getting insurance, as soon as your boat starts to move the system falls apart.
As for local...well generally it is lack of stock, finding them can be hard, then they have to be open, and since they do not have stock I have to go elsewhere.
I would go to the store that had everything, if it had everything. Trouble with that model is it doesn't make money. To have everything is to have millions of dollars of stock. These days only internet companies can do that.
It sucks but that is the way it is. I was looking for an M10 x1.0 cap nut yesterday. Now you would think there would be the industrial store that would have row upon row of hardware but after asking a dozen people and checking out several places it is clear there is no longer such a store. The biggest in the area that I could find was a fraction of the size I need (if I want to be able to find everything in one spot) and it was poorly stocked as most stores are.
The situation sucks but getting stuff was never easy so that has not changed.
Have faith that the oceans are going to rise and flood the world, that plague and pestilence brought on by Climate Change is going to punish us for not believing. Please do as they say it is our only hope. :P