Stats show more folks shopping locally
Taxable retail sales in Marion increased during fiscal year 2008-2009 by 10.21 percent over the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
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#1 Oct 12, 2009
Shop Local? Where? Wal-Mart is about it and they have little. It is almost as if we are caught in a time warp! Makes one want to find the General Store.
#2 Oct 12, 2009
Don't you really think that because it is an election year the Mayor and City Council are going to SPIN anything that smells good to their advantage?
Geeeee. Since 2007, of course, retail sales are going to jump. People do not have the money to drive to Asheville, Morganton, Hickory or anywhere else. They do not have the money to take vacations either. So, they all stay around here and spend what little bit they do get or have to survive.
I would like to see where the "increase" was and where the "decreases" were. I would put money on food being the highest increase and autos being the highest decrease.
Wouldn't it be nice for the city to publish these figures so we, "little citizens" can see the numbers and how they are spun during an election time?...!!!
#3 Oct 12, 2009
Wondering is right. And the merchandise at our few stores, in regards to clothing and shoes? Go to Shoe Show and all you see are 'clunky' shoes, great choices though, black or brown! Walmart? Roses? Again, black or brown and rest assured you will see yourself many times over somewhere along the way. You could also go to one of the 'mission' stores and buy a used piece of clothing. Face it, there's not much of a choice in Marion.
Oh, that we had our Belk's back!
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