Letter - Keeping Local Businesses Alive

from Natalie Pittenger, Hyannis

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Dear Editor:

It was with great dismay that last week’s Cape Cod Commission meeting on Tractor Supply displayed the CEO of Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce verbally supporting this project.

“We enthusiastically support the development,” he said. “This is in keeping with the town’s economic development needs.”   Did any of the local businesses that will subsequently be diminished by this comment, really approve of this observation ?? Kind of scary to think the Chamber CEO doesn’t even read the WSJ.   Our local businesses here on the Cape deserve our greatest consideration when it comes to allowing in the big box retailers. The big box retailers generally take the money off Cape.   Local businesses keep the money circulating right here on Cape Cod.

Business trends as reflected by the WSJ and Retail Info Systems indicate that big retail store closings will only accelerate in 2020.   Why then would we rip up virgin land to build a huge garish structure when there are already plenty of empty storefronts in Hyannis ??      Let’s support our existing Cape Cod businesses and reject Tractor Supply.

Natalie Pittenger, Hyannis

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