Kevin at Wizbang has some thoughts on Wal-Mart, including how they compare badly with Target. I agree totally.
My beef with Wal-Mart is that the stores I’ve been to in the Washington D.C. area look, and in some cases smell, awful. Suburbia has its advantages, and one of them is an abundance of choice. The contrast between a visit to Wal-Mart and a visit to Target is vivid. Target, even during the busy holiday season, is visually appealing and clean. Wal-Mart, on the other hand, has the feel of a concession line at a tractor pull.
My family virtually never shops as Wal-Mart. Target gets a fair amount of our trickle-down. (More MO on Wal-Mart here.)