2013-02-08 / Letters

Support The Locals!

Dear Editor:

Rockaway is recovering from a horrific disaster and Rockawayites have the responsibility to support our local businesses that can afford to reopen and serve us! We have lived in Rockaway for the past 48 years and taken the local merchants for granted because they have always been there for us. However, after Hurricane Sandy and being a “little” older I truly appreciate and thank all the local merchants who have the funds and tenacity to reopen and be there for us.

Brown’s Hardware is a perfect example.

They were one of the first stores to reopen on Beach 116th Street. They deserve all our support and business to thank them! Why drive to one of the “super” stores in Brooklyn or the 5 Towns when everything you need is right here. The $1 or $2 you save at the “super” stores will be eaten up by your gas and tolls. These “super” stores will not be there when you need them for advice or help.

We remember when Beach 116th Street was filled with great restaurants and a variety of great stores answering all our needs. Now we have an abun- dance of nail salons and junk stores. I implore the Community Board, and all us to demand, to try to get merchants to open stores that we really need as we had in the past. We had delis, a bakery, an appetizing store, a fish store, men’s and women’s apparel stores, fruit and vegetable stores and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor! They are gone, but they can and should come back.

We can do it Rockaway! If we survived Sandy, we can do it all!

Thank you Brown’s Hardware and Belle Harbor Chemists for staying in Rockaway and showing what we are made of. Change can only be made if our community representatives know that we are watching them. Let them know what kind of stores we want in our community. Again merchants, thank you for being there for us!

ANNE SASH

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