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A2Y Regional Chamber Encourages Consumers To Shop Local To Keep Businesses Open

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As local businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says shopping local will help keep them open.  

Andy LaBarre is the executive vice-president of the chamber and says local businesses have adapted to the pandemic by offering delivery and contactless service.  They’re trying to maintain customers as many people have turned to online shopping during COVID-19.  LaBarre says when you shop local, you’re also helping maintain the local economy. 

Andy LaBarre: It’s not just that business that’s going to benefit from them, it’s their employees, the institutions, businesses, organizations that employees use. It is neighboring businesses and entities that you’re more likely to use while you’re there.

LaBarre says for some mom-and-pop shops in Washtenaw County, the holiday season will be a make-or-break situation, and it would be difficult for them to reopen their doors if they have to close due to low sales.  The chamber is working with its members and other local business groups to create shop local events later this year.

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