Now is the Time to Shop Local, Greer Patrons

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Monday, September 24

As you’ve probably noticed, a commute through the heart of Greer isn’t as seamless as it once was.

And it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Over the past year, you’ve gotten used to road closures and downtown detours. The city has been working to replace old utility lines, old parking lots and alleyways.

But that was just the beginning.

Soon, road workers will be uprooting infrastructure on Trade Street and elsewhere as part of the planned streetscape project. During that time, construction will also be underway on a parking garage and downtown hotel.

Sound overwhelming?

Just think about the local businesses that count on foot traffic to keep the doors open. That’s why it’s more important than ever to “shop local.”

That saying has become very cliche, but it’s true. The people you have relationships with and trust are about to navigate a tricky season. Roads will be blocked. Debris will be present. Trucks will be in the way. There will be every reason for customers to pick up and go somewhere else to avoid the hassle. But, don’t.

The small businesses on Trade Street and elsewhere in downtown Greer have gotten us to the point where a streetscape project is necessary for growth. We can’t afford to lose them in the construction process. Don’t be the person that asks where your favorite shop went when it’s already too late.

Here are some things you can do in the coming months to make sure your favorite business is taken care of during the remodel.

1. Find the back door.
Some (not all) downtown businesses have a backdoor entry that will be open for customers. Next time you’re store hopping downtown, ask the owner what their plan is and how you can gain access during construction.
It will save you some frustration and help you avoid potential delays.

2. Plan ahead.
As construction continues, city officials have said they will update the futuregreer.com website to relay important information. If you think you need something downtown, check this site to make sure you can get to where you need to go.

3. Take advantage of city transportation.
At some point, when the construction gets really bad, the city is going to start offering rides on electric vehicles to get customers and employees where they need to go. Use this service when it’s necessary.

4. Keep up with The Greer Citizen.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering why we’re preaching to the choir. But if you hear someone ask questions about the cost, time and details of downtown construction, tell them to check with us. We keep up to date by talking with local officials each week, and our duty is to relay that information to you as quickly as possible.

This is all easier said than done. We live in a world where Amazon can have the product you need to your door in two days. Shopping in general has become more of a chore, but for downtown Greer patrons, it’s a chore that’s done for the good of the community.

Don’t let this season drive you away. It won’t last forever (even though construction always seems to). Your fellow citizens will be better off in the long run.

 

Greer Citizen Editorial

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