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Was it just another store, just another business thats closed its doors

When a store or a business in the community closes its doors and leaves we are left to ponder, for instance, why those businesses weren't able to survive,what will be the effects of its closing be on the community,and then what businesses closing signals about the general health of the economy.
One of the first and most noticeable business to close in the Oswego area was Lowe's home improvement, and now Dominicks Grocery store  has closed its doors leaving the Chicago area.
To most people the effects of a business closing is only a matter of inconvenience to them and they just shrug it off and go on about their lives as if nothing has happened.
But a business closing isn't just another business that failed and closed its doors, theres more to it than that, there are the people who had jobs that these businesses provided which once gave those who worked there the ability to make a living, to feed their families and have a home to raise their children in. Those people working in those businesses that have closed use to feel secure, thinking that as long as they worked hard and showed up at work every day that they would have a steady source of income that they could depend upon.
I too, use to look at a business closing its doors as just another business that for some reason couldn't make a go of it but now its a little more personal, my neighbor worked at one of those businesses for many years which now has closed its doors and while I don't know what changes this will mean for him in his life  this time a business closing hit a little closer to home.                


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Jon Metcalf December 30, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Competition is good for consumers, but Oswego is ridiculously letting big chains come in and hurt the little people. How many frozen yogurt shops do we need? TCBY moves in after Cocomero.....
justathought January 01, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Reply to Jon Metcalf Reply to Jon Metcalf Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post,"Was it just another store, just another business thats closed its doors.." There are many contributing factors that causes businesses to close,one of those factors that brought about the closing of the Dominick store in Oswego was, as you posted, too much competition by the same types of stores in a small area. Then there are operating costs involved in operating any business like Dominicks, such as labor costs, insurance, electric, maintenance, and the product costs that they sell. Some people might suggest that the Oswego Dominick store location wasn't handy for customers to get to so they just went to other similar stores to shop for their needs. Some people might suggest that Dominicks prices were too high in comparison to other grocery stores, but I believe that one reason that dominick store closed was that todays shoppers are looking for new, trendy businesses to shop in,How else can it be explained why such high-priced businesses selling the same products,such as Starbucks,and Caribou Coffee are successful in selling a cup of coffee when people can purchase their cup of coffee at other places that sell their cups of coffee cheaper. Older buinesses which aren't considered trendy enough by todays shoppers just might cause a business to close its doors for lack of customers. Such older businesses, that aren't considered trendy enough for today's shopper are such long established businesses as Sears, and Montgomery wards, for example, which closed its doors some time ago. You posted,"Oswego is ridiculously letting big chains come in and hurt the little people..." Its a unfortunate reality that the little mom-and Pop, type businesses can't compete against larger businesses because of these larger businesses purchasing powers and financial advantages to name just two reasons why little businesses can't survive long in today's market. I wish that the little mom-and pop businesses could survive because these types of businesses were what helped keep people in communities together, people use to personally know their butcher at their neighborhood grocery store, its no longer that way and the commuity has lost that neighbor to neighbor bond.

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