Local businessman Greg Grant wrote the following letter after seeing the results of an online poll at www.laruecountyherald.com.
I am shocked that 40 percent of LaRue Countians who responded to a poll on The LaRue County Herald News’ website don’t consider shopping at home first.
I have been in business for more than 20 years and I would like to take this opportunity to confront this issue. As a business owner and competitor of many chain stores, I would like for you to keep track of the gas you burn to try to find the best deal on an item and give a hometown store a chance to earn your business.
Granted, I am not a big chain store and I do not have a multi-million dollar inventory but I service what I sell and I stand behind my products.
When you have a problem, you don’t have to listen to recordings or computer-generated answering services. My father started the business more than 50 years ago and he always preached to me that service sells itself.
Having a successful small business in Hodgenville is a hard task to accomplish, and impossible, without the support of our hometown people.
Imagine yourself being in business here in Hodgenville and going by a neighbor’s house and seeing your competitor, delivering goods that you sell, to your neighbor. A year later they call two days before Thanksgiving and say "I bought a oven last year and it won't heat and I have to cook Thanksgiving dinner because the whole family is coming.”
I wonder why they think of me then.
I am only trying to make a point, a few dollars saved now, may be a bigger deal than you think in the future, and I appreciate our patrons. They are the reason I keep on trying.