The Plaid Friday program, is the local answer to the global Black Friday shopping event, which makes the American Thanksgiving period a somewhat hectic period of online shopping.
To help push back on the out of town shopping plans, local businesses have used Plaid Friday to highlight the many advantages of shopping locally, and to help get the message across the Economic Development Office and Love Prince Rupert are sharing the word and offering up some incentive to rock some plaid next week.
To help encourage participation, Love Prince Rupert is offering a gift basket of what are described as awesome local goods to one lucky shopper.
To participate, local residents need only to take a picture of yourself wearing plaid and shopping locally on November 29th, post it to Facebook, Like and tag @Love Prince Rupert with the hashtag #plaidfriday to be entered to win.
Towards a reminder as to the importance of shopping locally, the City has posted some background notes on the impact that local business has on the Prince Rupert economy and how it serves as a job creator.
Among the themes the City has offered up:
It employs local people (and you can get to know your neighbours!).
More money is kept in the community because most locally owned businesses tend to purchase more from other local businesses, service providers, and grocers.
Great customer service, often with a personal touch. Unique local businesses contribute to the character and overall prosperity of Prince Rupert.
Small businesses give back big. Many of our local non-profits, youth sports teams and other local charity initiatives are heavily supported by the local business community.
Small businesses help big businesses succeed – retail offerings are a key part of attracting and retaining the populations needed to support a healthy and diverse economy.
You can find out more about Love Prince Rupert from their website and Facebook page.
For more items of note on the City's business sector, see our archive page here.