Interestingly, our founder and CEO just made a statement about "Too Localized" today, which is why I held off on closing it. I left a comment asking for clarification but haven't received a response yet.
The linked answer suggests that "too localized" is reserved for a question that's relevant to practically no one other than the author, or if the answer would become irrelevant by tomorrow. I think this is a rather localized definition for Too Localized but it's always been difficult to define exactly where the boundary is. "Central Texas" isn't exactly a tiny place.
My feeling is that the localized issue isn't really the problem here. Rather, "Where can I find X in Y" questions are a problem for some of the same reasons that recipe polls are: They imply a list of things, rather than one or a few definitive answers, and the potential universe of shopping questions is very possibly bigger than that of all other cooking questions combined, especially when you factor in the possibility of there being one for each ingredient or piece of equipment in every single city.
I honestly would like to be able to say that the questions should stay; there's a real problem to be solved (it's not speculation or silliness) and most of the time the asker has genuinely attempted to solve the problem themselves before coming for help. It has all the characteristics of a good question, and yet, if we allowed every possible variant of that question, it would bury us.
More conventional/traditional forums usually solve this problem with local subforums. We don't have that option. We're stuck between a rock and a hard place; either we close a few legitimate questions or we run the risk of drowning out all the other questions amongst shopping threads that 99% of members aren't interested in.
I want to say to these people: It's not you, it's us. Your question was fine. We are just not equipped to deal with them as a matter of policy. Our software wasn't designed for it. I doubt that it's very comforting for the people who get their questions closed.
Anyway, that's my long-winded explanation of why I think we should continue to close these questions despite Joel's comments. I'm open to suggestions, though.