Locally Owned vs. Shopping Locally
There needs to be some clarification about shopping locally.
Shopping locally and shopping at a locally owned business are two different things.
While spending money at a big box store or chain restaurant is shopping locally, it’s not shopping at a locally owned business.
It is the locally owned businesses that need support most of all. We don’t have Wall Street backing. We don’t have marketing millions.
Yes, shopping locally does help, but shopping with locally owned businesses helps where it is needed most. It helps in our community, right here in Moore County.
When you support a locally owned business you are supporting the people who are in your neighborhood, the families you meet at PTA, the people who go to your church, the faces you recognize at the high school game, the folks who feel it is important to volunteer in our local charities.
Local business owners fill the memberships of our community associations like Kiwanis, Rotary, the Lions Club and so many more. There are many studies that show that a high degree of local business ownership in a community increases the capacity of residents to act together for the mutual benefit, to solve problems and to further local goals.
An economic impact study of chain retail stores and chain restaurants versus independent retailers of Salt Lake City was recently conducted by a Civic Economics Survey.
It reveals national chains’ local recirculation of revenue to be only 13.6 percent, where spending with locally owned independent businesses had a local recirculation of revenue of 52 percent.
Please help keep our community vibrant, our downtowns occupied, and remember that, just because you are at the top of the food chain, it doesn’t mean you have to eat in one.
Editor’s Note: The writer has owned The Squire’s Pub for 22 years.
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