You here it all the time. “Shop Local!” What does it mean?
Shop only at stores located in your community? Shop only at establishments with local ownership? Shop in a local “bricks & mortar” store, rather than on-line?
I invite you to try any of the above. It’s nearly impossible.
I guess it depends on how one defines local. My neighbors, and yours, work for establishments that have their corporate headquarters far away from our communities.
For me, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I compete in a global economy. Even as a plumber. Imagine that. A good portion of plumbing service companies are franchises with governing offices located elsewhere. However, their employees live and transact at the same establishments where we all transact. Their kids go to school with mine, and yours.
What’s one to do?
I think we all know the answer. Strive to be a better value than the competition, no matter the address of the ownership. My guess is, in the end, that’s where the market will go. So we’d best be there when it arrives.
Submitted By Dale Maples, Owner