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Local vs chain stores: no competition

By ALLISON NORLIAN

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Retail box stores are notorious for opening early hours on Black Friday, and in past years some have begun opening on Thanksgiving. This year, big store names like Toys "R" Us and Office Max are being added to the list of retail giants that are opening their doors on the holiday. Some local business owners weighed in and said they don't believe it will affect their profits or sales.

They say it's because they have a competitive advantage, being locally owned and locally managed.

Casandra Packard, owner of Dolce Vita Children's Boutique said Thanksgiving should be about family, "The personal aspect we provide our customers is like no other. We know our customers by name, we help them pick out the gifts, they come in and tell me the child they are shopping for and I'll most likely know that child and I'll help them find the perfect outfit for their personality."

Packard along with other small business owners feel their products and services can't be offered in chain stores. They were also adamant about their prices being competitive with box store prices.

"Were very competitive on price but were also very unique," Jane Willis, Owner of The Village Toy Shop said, "and we also stand behind the product that we sell here."

Both Dolce Vita Children's Boutique and The Village Toy Shop will have deals on Small Business Saturday including flash sales, demonstrations and gift card drawings.

Small Business Saturday, a day to support local businesses, will be held on November 30th.

 

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