You may or may not know but I have had a second job for almost two years at a local pub. It was a 3 night a week gig as a doorman. No, I am not going to tell you all the crazy things I have seen, that needs to be a book all its own. What I want to talk about is why it closed.
Killarney’s was a local pub that had been here in town for over 7 years. Over the last year, business had changed due to outside forces. A decision was made to close the Riverside location. Once that announcement was made official, we began seeing larger crowds. People that had never been in before were stopping by for the first time, regulars now coming for both lunch and dinner. Others were stopping by to just see what the place just looked like. One thing I kept hearing over and over was, "I wish they weren't closing. Had I known business was slower, I would have been here all the time." Well, that time for support had come and gone. I wondered why they didn’t come anyhow while we were open. How many people in the immediate area had never even been inside? Where was the local support?
Yes, there are many factors that went into the pub closing, but at the end of the day, it was a business call decided on declining numbers. We closed because we didn't have enough support. Where is that support supposed to come from? YOU! I don't just mean for Killarney’s, I mean for the local businesses in your own area. Places come and go all dependent on if they are getting enough business.
Are you supporting your local business? Or do you always take the corporate route? Think of this the next time you want a pint, a haircut or just some work done on your house. Who is it that you are giving your money to? I have some friends that are so into supporting local that they will only buy gas in the city they live in. That is dedication. I can't even say I am that hardcore, but I do make an effort daily to support my area. If not in my immediate neighborhood, at least in my city. Support local NOW, while they are open. Don't wait for the last sale, or closing day to stop in.