In Sunday’s Retail Roundup column I wrote about Ward’s Appliances in Vinton closing.
The store owner, Linda Waybright, said it was increasingly challenging to compete with big box appliance stores. The store has been in business for more than 30 years.
One thing her store was able to provide was personalized service. She said her staff even made home visits to customers homes who were having an issue with their appliances.
What helps you make your decision in supporting mom and pop shops?
Would you purchase a major appliance from a smaller store to support local economy? Even if a “big box” store offered a lower price?