Do you like choices? Do you look for and appreciate quality in the products you purchase? Do you believe there is room for improvement locally with regard to employment opportunities?
How about shopping for the upcoming holidays? Being able to give that special someone in your life, or dear friend, or close neighbor something special or unique, something that not necessarily everyone else on your block is giving their special someone?
Well, if you said “yes” to any of the above questions, then you had better watch out for deregulation, big-box-style.
I am sure most local residents are aware of the well-recognized K-named retail store that is closing. Of course there are the multitudes of other retailers, some brand name and some local mom-and-pop joints that have gone away as well.
I wonder how many local jobs have gone away and how many are yet to be lost? The jobs the big-box will provide will not equal the jobs lost. How many local dollars could have been pumped back into the local economy from those lost multiple retailers? How many times will you return to that “box” to purchase a toaster for less than $10 when a few years ago a quality toaster would have lasted 10 years?
What were our City Council members thinking? What vision did they have when they approved this deregulation, big-box-style? The same thing is happening to our neighbor/sister city on the other side of the tracks. Seriously folks, how many of these behemoths are needed in an area of approximately 41.8 square miles?
Personally, I like quality; I want to spend my money on a product that will last, not an inferior one that will get tossed into the landfill, causing yet an entire separate area of concern. I like choices and being able to find a special gift to give to my special someone and since my choices have pretty much been eradicated, I will most likely not be spending my dollars locally.