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Shopping local is best way to support Columbia merchants [Letter]

We feel it's important to support our local Columbia merchants. For example, we have shopped at the Center Park Giant (Palace Giant) in Long Reach ever since it first opened. It's very convenient for us as we live in the area. We have always enjoyed their friendly and courteous service and the variety of products that they carry. We have always appreciated the many occasions that they have gone out of their way to be helpful. While we do shop occasionally at the mega stores, we shop at the Giant most of the time to support them, recognizing that the mega stores do draw business away from them. We realize more and more the importance of primarily supporting our local merchants, such as Giant, so that they remain stable. If we don't shop at our local neighborhood stores, how do we expect these stores to continue to serve us at a level that meets our needs? We have lived in Columbia long enough (40 years) to know that in general, if we don't support our local merchants, it can affect them in a big way, and we don't want this to happen.

Jackie and Bob Schiffer

Long Reach

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