Shopping local over corporation

In the midst of a difficult year for business to take place during the pandemic, helping them grow can aid our community.

Everyone in the world is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many relatively “normal” everyday activities have had to adjust, now that preventing the spread of the coronavirus is a top priority. Local businesses have taken a big hit financially during 2020 because of this.   

For most of 2020, quarantine has forced people to reside away from formerly more populated areas. This has hurt business for many companies selling locally. Now that appropriate precautions have been set to allow people to safely shop, whether it be in-store or contactless delivery, people can help out the local businesses that have struggled. 

Shopping at large corporations provides customers with more mainstream products and sometimes a more convenient experience. Because of the variety of familiar products present at large retailers, many people find it more appealing to shop at places such as Target, Walmart and Costco. 

While products sold at large corporations may be more popular and relevant, local items have benefits that large retailers cannot offer. They can be made out of local ingredients and can be tailored in a specific way. These products are unique and can only be found within the community they are sold in. 

Shopping at large retailers is in no way bad, but with everything that’s been going on recently, local businesses have experienced a greater impact in terms of financial damage. Local businesses do not have the advantage of selling nationwide. In most cases, much of the revenue comes from sales within the community. 

Local business garnering attraction is good for the community. By spending money locally, a person is keeping money flowing within the town. It benefits the business, the employees, the suppliers and growth for the community. Especially in the year 2020, with everything that has taken place, now is an important time to support.

2020 has been a year filled to the brim with obstacles. The COVID-19 pandemic has and still currently affects many people and organizations. As citizens, we should do everything we can to help our community with the events going on.