Comment 29153

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted February 26, 2009 at 23:53:11

It's not that Pet smart and other large retailers "don't count", it's that they are a net drain on the local economy. Yes, they employ people - mostly part time, low wage jobs with no benefits. Yes they pay property taxes. But they also consume large sums of money from local residents, most of which is funneled out of the local economy and absorbed by "head office".

To put it simply, they are low quality, low paying employers who will not think twice about shutting doors as soon as the local money stops flowing to the parent company. They are temporary. They are crappy. They are not what we should be striving for. And they definitely should not be held up as examples of a successful local economy.

Most of the people who shop at these places do not work there. So where are they working? Theirs are the jobs we should be aiming to bring into the local fold. Lrge retailers have their place, but that place is NOT the top of the heap, so we should stop treating them as the be-all end-all of our development goals.

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