Closing highlights need to shop local [UPDATED]Published 4:55am Monday, January 6, 2014 Updated 6:56am Monday, January 6, 2014
Since 1979, Kmart has been an institution in Fergus Falls. In March, it no longer will be.
And while consumers certainly will have other options both in the community and online, the retailer’s closing is still going to sting for a community in which keeping retail stores open is a big deal.
It also should remind local residents of the importance of shopping local.
With a mall, variety of downtown stores and several big-box outlets, Fergus Falls offers a good mix of retail, and at competitive prices. However, many surveys show that Fergus Falls still loses its share of customers to Fargo, the Twin Cities, and the Internet, looking for better variety and prices.
Kmart’s closing, however, is a painful reminder of the importance of giving local retailers a shot before buying out of town. Our local stores, even the corporately-owned stores, employ local residents, buy products and services from local vendors and other businesses, and often donate to local charitable causes.
Simply put, local residents need to do what they can to keep the remaining retailers open.