Buying from local stores over the Christmas season has never been as important as it is this year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local businesses are struggling and some have already had to permanently close their doors.
With the provincial government and health officials urging us to stay at home as much as possible, or at least to stay in our own communities, the many people who are planning their Christmas lists should consider taking a look at Kamloops businesses.
We just came out of Buy Local Week, which wrapped up on Sunday, but which should be observed every day of the year when possible.
Statistics from a recent LOCO BC Indie Impact Study show that for every $100 spent locally, up to $63 is recirculated in the community, creating 4.6 times the economic impact over any money spent at non-local businesses.
The study also found that local restaurants recirculate 67.9 per cent of all revenues locally, compared to multinationals at 30.4 per cent.
It’s an important thing to consider when you go to do both your in-person and online shopping — perhaps especially your online shopping.
Instead of being so quick to click a sale on an online retail giant, take a few minutes to look at the website of your favourite local store and see what options they have to offer.
If we want them to still be there after the pandemic is over, it’s something we need to do.
Local businesses offer an incredible array of products and services.
Many have developed websites and are offering curbside pickup and delivery for those who are wish to remain close to home because of COVID-19.
Choosing to spend your money in the community can and does help businesses make it through to next summer.