I’m back from an unplanned blog vacation to let you all know that this week is National Small Business Week!
In addition to making an effort to shop locally, there’s one big thing that Franklin residents can do this week to help support small businesses in our community…
Currently, the Town of Franklin has one retail liquor license up for grabs. Big Y, the Springfield-based supermarket chain, has applied for that license, and the Franklin Town Council will be voting tomorrow night on whether to approve or deny their application. While we all love the convenience of one-stop shopping, particularly in Massachusetts where most grocery stores don’t have a liquor section, Big Y is within walking distance of two local businesses which already sell liquor (Franklin Liquors and DeVita’s Market). Additionally, Shaw’s supermarket, which is also within walking distance of all three, already has a liquor license. It’s easy to see that granting a license to Big Y could have a serious impact on the small businesses nearby, and even on the small businesses elsewhere in town like Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits.
If you’d like to weigh in on this important issue, please attend the Town Council meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. The Municipal Building is located at 355 East Central Street in Franklin. If you can’t make it, please consider reaching out to your elected officials to give them your opinion. This is an important issue for our town and we need your voices to be heard!