Babette Pigott: Please stay, Orchard Supply Hardware

08/30/2013 5:14 PM

08/31/2013 1:10 AM

I am shocked that the powers that be have decided to close Merced’s Orchard Supply Hardware. I am a senior with a disability and to find what I need at the “big box” stores is very troublesome.

OSH always had adequate help, unique items and that great old-fashioned customer-is-number-one attitude.

I work in retail, and a few years ago a store nearby started remodeling. Soon a sign went up outside that read “Pharmacy.” We told our manager and he pulled our contract showing that our store has exclusive rights to a pharmacy on the block. Soon, the remodeling stopped and the sign came down.

I say that it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. Just because they’ve started the closing process doesn’t mean it can’t be stopped. Merced is losing its good stores despite the fact that it’s a university town that’s growing.

Please don’t close Merced’s Orchard Supply Hardware!



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