2017-03-17 / Letters

Shop Local, It Matters

Dear Editor:

This week I found out about two of my favorite stores imminent closing Station Liquors and Rocka- pup. It’s very sad that our community did not make more of an effort to shop at local and locally owned stores, instead of the chains and the intruders. When the big liquor store opened up at the Stop and Shop on Beach 116th Street, I knew that it would be the beginning of the end for the local liquor stores.

I wish that more Rockawayites would make more of an effort to shop locally and at locally owned stores, who employ local people to work for them and keep our little Rockaway community more interesting and diverse. And now that we are losing two stores I hope that people wake up and, instead of saving a few dollars here and there, try to make an effort to support our local stores, the small stores that care about us and keep our retail options more interesting and innovative instead of cookie cutter.

Those communities in New York that patronized Barnes and Noble stores, instead of sticking to their own little community bookstores are now stuck with no bookstores at all, since Barnes and Noble first priced all the little stores into bankruptcy and then abandoned these communities altogether when their bottom line was not met. Let’s heed this lesson and stick to our own little stores and keep them going so that we are not subject to the whims of some remote board of directors.

RUTH GRAVES

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