The call to buy local is a great thing because it helps support our local economy inside and outside the tourist season.
Unfortunately, it has forever been linked with the limited franchise ordinance effort that failed to pass muster in Newburyport a few years ago. Instead of protecting our unique shops and restaurants downtown, it gave the impression that it was an effort by anti-business, anti-big box store advocates.
And yes, we need to support our Storey Avenue and Route One Traffic Circle businesses just as much as we need to get behind our Downtown.
YOU KNOW WHAT IS WORSE THAN A BIG BOX STORE?
An empty big box store.
We all know the dampening affect of the boarded up Ames Department Store. Try as they can, the north of Seabrook can not generate the vibrancy that the south side enjoys.
As much as K-Mart is huge, and Market Basket is large, they need support as much as the rest of the town. Whether it’s Dunkin Donuts, Marshalls, Radio Shack or the big pharmacies (I make a point of going to Lynch’s of course.), all these places need our support so we as a whole community can be vibrant.
Many shop in New Hampshire because of the no sales tax but think on this to help break that habit: The good thing that has happened from the bad thing of high gas prices is the cost & time savings of not going far from your community.
AND AVOIDING THE HIDEOUS TRAFFIC HEADACHES.
Let’s buy local and enrich the economy of Newburyport.