Good points, Utah! While the citizens of the town may not be all powerful, they do have a voice. The good people of Frisco CO. has been fighting the development of a huge shopping mall behind Walmarts. I do not know if they will win in the end, but at least its been delayed.
That being said, there are very strict rules in the town regarding the way new developments can look. If it does not blend in with the feel of the town, you can't build it. Also, the Main Street area is almost exclusively made up of independent businesses. I'm a bit curious as to how a mega franchise such as Curves for Women managed to needle its way in there, but, whatever.
But point/counterpoint. Many of the stores carry this lovely "wearable art' type of clothing. Then you have the Native American art galleries where even a poster costs $40! Not to mention the jewelry stores. You usually do not see locals wearing or buying this stuff. Its either too expensive, or it does not suit the lifestyle. My guess is its the second home owners and visitors who are buying. But if they did not buy, how would the owners of the shops afford to stay local?
But on the other hand, can locals afford to eat lunch every day at a quaint, pricey little restaurant? Sometimes a Subway will have to do. If you can't afford $75 for designer sheets, $15 at Walmarts will have to do!
IMHO, the most imporatant thing is zoning. Residents of ski areas, or residents, not vacationers, and can't afford to live on a daily basis as if they are on vacation. Access to chain stores as opposed to boutique stores is necessary for the items needed for daily living.
Just keep them away from the prettier parts of town!