Annual Statewide Holiday Tour to Promote Local Retailers and Eateries
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 14, 2016) – With Marylanders busily checking off items on their holiday gift lists, Comptroller Peter Franchot encourages residents to Shop Maryland for the Holidays as he and Governor Larry Hogan begin the 2016 statewide holiday shopping tour in Ellicott City on Monday, November 28.
“Shopping at a local business helps more than 750,000 of our neighbors and friends who make up Maryland’s retail sector,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Holidays are about families and friends spending time together and giving back to our communities. Shopping at local stores and patronizing neighborhood restaurants benefits our local economies and promotes Maryland-owned businesses.”
With one in five Marylanders directly or indirectly working in retail, the holiday shopping season is important to retailers throughout the state. The industry contributes more than $46 billion to the state’s economy, making it the state’s top private-sector employer, according to the Maryland Retailers Association.
“Shopping local is important not just around the holiday season, but year-round,” said Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “Online shopping may seem appealing, but your community brick-and-mortar stores hire your neighbors, provide much-needed tax revenue for the things we all care about and give back to communities in many ways. As the No. 1 private sector job provider in the state, the best way to reinvest in Maryland is to shop local.”
The Comptroller will be joined by Ms. Tolle for some of the Shop Maryland visits, as well as elected, business and civic leaders in each community.
The Shop Maryland for the Holidays tour schedule is as follows:
• Ellicott City, November 28
• Cumberland, November 30
• Salisbury and Cambridge, December 2
• Frederick, December 5
• Hyattsville and Bethesda, December 6
• Baltimore, December 8
• La Plata, December 9
Details about each visit will follow.
Comptroller Franchot reminds consumers that in-state shopping puts citizens’ hard-earned money back into their communities and supports local businesses that employ friends and neighbors. He also believes “shopping locally gets consumers the best product, service and experience for their dollar.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Hamm, (410) 260-7060 (office), (443) 414-3083 (cell)
Alan Brody (410) 260-6346 (office), (443) 924-1473 (cell)