While one can argue that the large corporate stores have their place in the market, it’s vitally important that we understand the compounding benefits of shopping locally owned businesses.  While corporate store brands strive to compete on a National and even Global stage, by continually reducing costs of production and acquisition and spending billions of dollars in an effort to dictate consumers buying habits, it is your local shops and companies that must invest in catering to our local desires.Local businesses cannot afford to “miss-judge” the market and certainly wouldn’t risk trying to dictate to the consumer what they should purchase.The reasons to shop locally and to support locally owned business are many and have far reaching beneficial effects, here are the top 5 reasons and benefits to shopping local.

 5.       Reduce Environmental Impact

Locally owned businesses often make more local purchases requiring less transportation. They are more likely to set up in town or city center areas as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, habitat loss, and pollution.

4.       Get Better Service

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of their customers’ needs. They are often more in tune with their customers and more appreciative of every dollar spent at their place of business.

3.       Invest in the Community

Local businesses are owned and operated by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future and well-being.  Chances are large Corporate CEO’s do not live, support, invest in, and serve on Non-Profit boards in your community. Chances are, your local business owners do.

2.       Support Community Groups

It’s a fact that Non-Profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from small business owners than they do from large businesses. By shopping, getting your oil changed, washing your car, buying your plants, getting your gas, eating at local restaurants, and any other local purchase you make, you are supporting your local community groups.

1.       Buy Local – Support Yourself

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms – continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

The uniqueness of our community comes from the local flavor our locally owned restaurants, entertainment, shops, service companies, and YOU combined to make US a one of a kind City. Think local, Buy local, and you will Be local!

All American Car Care Super Centers are locally owned and operated and have been serving the Wichita Falls Community for over 18 years. We now also proudly serve the Lawton community.

Jim Cadotte—General Manager, All American Super Car Care Centers, Wichita Falls, TX and Lawton, OK

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