Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 14:51:10 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses
Funny, I've never heard "Kmart's", even though it's precisely of the same form
as "Caldor('s)". Maybe the '-mart' morpheme is just TOO non-personal.
Incidentally, the main alternative to Caldor('s) is Bradlees (no apostrophe),
which may be one factor in the shift. We don't have Walmart here yet, but it
would strike me as equally weird to have "Walmart's". On the other hand, we
do have Walgreens, but that COULD be a name (cf. Woolworths).