Comptroller Franchot in the Holiday Shopping Spirit

- The Comptroller Kicks off His ‘Shop Maryland for the Holidays’ Tour in Bethesda-

Annapolis, MD (November 28, 2012)

With the Thanksgiving holiday a warm, overstuffed memory, many Marylanders are now gearing up for holiday shopping and Comptroller Peter Franchot is encouraging residents to ‘Shop Maryland for the Holidays’ this year. Visiting local shops today in Bethesda, he kicked off his annual tour throughout the state promoting small business patronage.

“There is something to be said for the personal interactions with other shoppers and store employees at the holidays. It’s warm and inviting, unlike a cold, unfeeling computer,” says Comptroller Franchot. “Plus when you shop in state and support your community businesses, you are bound to find great deals and help the more than 500,000 Marylanders employed in our state’s retail sector. And really, isn’t the spirit of the holidays all about helping others and kindness?” he added.

Pat Donoho, President of the Maryland Retail Association said, “Maryland retailers truly appreciate the support consumers give them during the holidays by shopping in their stores. Thanksgiving provided a great start for the holiday season. Shoppers responded to the variety of promotions offered by Maryland retailers with an increase in sales of over 5% from 2011.”

“Maryland Retailers Association urges consumers to visit their local retailers for their holiday shopping needs. Retailers employ your friends, neighbors and family, support your local community, and are the heart of economic activity in most Maryland communities.” says Donoho.

Downtown Bethesda is the first of several stops on the Comptroller’s tour to promote the great retailers and community shopping areas throughout the state. He will visit other communities in the coming weeks such as Reisterstown (Baltimore County), Cumberland (Allegany County), Chestertown (Kent County) and Leonardtown (St. Mary’s County). In past years, the Comptroller has shopped in Queenstown, Hunt Valley, Baltimore City, Takoma Park, Cumberland, Annapolis, Hagerstown, Easton and Salisbury.

The Comptroller also reminds consumers that in-state shopping puts citizens’ hard earned money back into their communities and supports local businesses that employ our friends and neighbors. But he adds, “If you really must shop online, you can support local store owners by making sure it’s a Maryland business Website.”

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