After Circuit City I am sad to see yet another business of the Target Plaza at W P Ball Boulevard go: Ritz Camera in Sanford is closing and having a closing sale. Hopefully this is the last one to go and the vacant building will be filled promptly.
Since we have seen so many local businesses close lately I have become even more determined to support local businesses. I won’t take my business to other areas but look instead for alternatives in this area. We have great businesses all within reach so why drive all the way to the Disney/Orlando area if we can have the same in Sanford and Lake Mary? My next mall visit will be at the Seminole Town Center, not the Mall at Millenia, and the next restaurant or bar will definitely be a local business in Sanford or Lake Mary (well, not much would be changing here…). I am happy that our beautiful area has such great places that we can all enjoy, why not support that? It has taken a long time for them to come out here, let’s not lose them now! The big ones will survive, they typically do, I am determined to help the small ones now.
On a positive note, Colonial Town Park in Lake Mary and downtown Sanford have become very popular recently. In the past weeks we have noticed full restaurants and bars and lots of people out here! That is great news and makes going out in Sanford/Lake Mary even more fun 🙂
So next time you’re thinking about driving all the way down to I-Drive or Universal for entertainment, think about possibly exploring this area for a change. It will save the environment through less gas consumption, reduce your driving and increase your amusement time and, last but not least, it will help you and your community!