I’m with Puck, I don’t buy the argument that big national operations take money from smaller locally-owned operations. If anything, big name presence is proof a viable, stable market exists. Would it be better if Puck didn’t have a presence here and wasn’t pushing for locally grown food sources? No.
Should we all eat at Buffalo Wild Wings instead, simply because it’s headquartered here?
The premise that shopping at a national operation isn’t shopping local is bizarre for a number of reasons:
- The people working there live locally.
- Much of the business’s income needs to stay local to just to pay for continued presence (rent, marketing, salaries, utilities).
- And in the case of 20.21, the food itself is regional if not local.
Now, flip the argument around – Minnesota is home to many national brands (Target, 3M) – are we going to stop giving them money because they have locations elsewhere?
No, that makes no sense. In the same way the trade deficit doesn’t make sense.