Why Shop Locally?

  • Shopping local creates jobs. Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people, in turn, spend in the local economy.
  • Local independent shops invest more in our communities. 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 your community.
  • Local businesses 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.
  • Shopping locally saves you time and money. You travel less, saving on time and fuel.
  • Shopping locally retains our communities. People don’t like losing businesses and services in small towns but don’t equate this with how they spend their money.
  • Shopping locally retains our distinctiveness. Independent businesses 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.
  • Shopping locally saves the environment. Local businesses often stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods that do not require long-distance transportation, helping to reduce our global footprint.
  • Local businesses 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.
  • Local businesses value you more. Evidence from numerous surveys shows 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.
  • Shopping local saves services. Private and public sector services cluster around businesses. As businesses disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants, and other businesses.
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