Rebecca O’Brien: Big box pros and cons
I would like to respond to all the letters recently sent in about the “big box” stores attempting to open in Summit County. I actually live off of Ryan Gulch Rd. and so would be very affected by the Lowe’s, which will take the space of the old car dealership at the base. First, I can see both sides of the argument. 1) Eyesore? I don’t know – I think the “old” car dealership is a horrible eyesore, why when these companies relocate don’t they have to restore the land if in fact no one buys the property or it is not used? 2) Local business being affected? True, probably not good for the “little guy,” but I have to agree with a recent article in favor of the big boxes stating that service and cost are also part of owning a business. In other words, some of the prices charged for products by local merchants are excessive; if you don’t want to be pushed out of business perhaps your pricing and service should reflect your obligation to the community you choose to have your business in.
On the flip side I also agree that: 1) We should as a community demand that the big box stores build aesthetically pleasing stores which reflect the community they wish to occupy. 2) There should be no tax incentives for these companies, give the break to the “little guy” who has poured his heart into the community already, and quite honestly who probably needs the tax benefits a whole lot more than these multi-million dollar big boxes do. Big boxes good or bad? I don’t think we will know the answer to this question until they are allowed in, in which case all of these arguments become redundant.
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