I believe that in order to weaken the argument, we need to prove that the closed stores will not be replaced by new stores.
I will go with B.
However, if the argument is that stores will not close inspite of new competition, then tennis_ball is correct.
i agree this argument is quite confusing, because its premise and conclusion are not very clear.
Since SpendLess is a discount and Colson's is a non discount store, I think in order for the rest of the stores to survive, they gotta sell something different, because these 2 big stores have covered both the discount and non-discount.
That was my understanding. But I am quite confused too.
sorry for the delayed OA tennis_ball. Please do reply to my posts in the future!
Ok, now down to business:
Conclusion is: The stores that will be closed after SpendLess opens will not have to remain vacant for long.
Premise is: In the five years since the opening of Colsonâ€™s, a nondiscount department store, a new store has opened at the location of every store in the shopping district that closed because it could not compete with Colsonâ€™s.
This is an analogy argument: The argument assumes that the situations when Colson's opened and when SpendLess will open are identical.
To weaken the argument: We have to show that the stores WILL remain vacant for a long time. (i.e, we need to show that the two situations are NOT analogous)
A:Many customers of Colsonâ€™s are expected to do less shopping there than they did before the SpendLess store opened. - We are not worried about Colson's customers. WRONG
B:Increasingly, the stores that have opened in the central shopping district since Colsonâ€™s opened have been discount stores. - YES. Because they are discount stores - Right by POE
C:At present, the central shopping district has as many stores operating in it as it ever had. - Strengthens the argument. WRONG
D:Over the course of the next five years, it is expected that Gorevilleâ€™s population will grow at a faster rate than it has for the past several decades. - Strengthens the argument. WRONG
E:Many stores in the central shopping district sell types of merchandise that are not available at either SpendLess or Colsonâ€™s. - So? This is irrelevant. WRONG