Friday 20 January 2012

10 Reasons to Shop Local

Posted at 1:16 PM

The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce has kicked-off a new retail campaign called “Shop Local, Shop Small, Shop Merrill”  to encourage shoppers living in and around the community to shop Merrill first and support the local economy.
Here are 10 reasons why it is important to shop Merrill first:
  1. Shopping local creates jobs.  Merchants in our community create local employment and self-employment.  These folks in turn spend in our local economy.
  2. Local independent shops invest more in our community.  Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events.  So supporting local shops means a financial contribution to our community.
  3. Local shops sell great products at affordable prices.  Some people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products available.  Check out our local shops and see what you have been missing!
  4. Shopping locally saves you time and money.  You travel less, saving on time and fuel.
  5. Shopping locally retains our community.  People do not like losing shops and services in small towns but do not equate this with how they spend their money.
  6. Shopping locally retains our distinctiveness.  Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products.  Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet changing population needs.
  7. Shopping locally saves the environment.  Local shops often stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods that do not require long-distance transportation, helping to reduce our global footprint.
  8. Local shops are for everyone.  Most people can get to their local shops easily.  This is especially important for the elderly, young people and others who rely on public transportation.
  9. Local shops value you more.  Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally.  These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.
  10. Shopping local saves services.  Private and public sector services cluster around shops.  As shops disappear so do hair salons, banks, restaurants and other businesses.
“We are very fortunately to have thriving retails districts in our community,” said Debbe Kinsey, executive director Merrill Chamber of Commerce.  “But downtowns die every day.  That’s why it is important for all of us to Shop Local, Shop Small and Shop Merrill. Our local businesses employ our neighbors, pay taxes that support our schools and improve our infrastructure and contribute to our local non-profit groups – they are some of our biggest community supporters.”
Consumers can pledge to shop and buy local.  Together we can strengthen relationships with our local retail shops that will improve our community and quality of life. So next time before you make a purchase Stop! Think! And Shop Local, Shop Small  Shop Merrill - First.  That’s how we all will win!


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