Wickenburg Farmer’s Market, which Maria featured in a December 13, 2004 article (since deleted), has gone out of business.
I’m not a business expert and I don’t have any inside information, so I can’t tell you exactly why they went out of business. But I suspect it was a combination of two things:
- Stiff competition. It’s hard to sell fruits and vegetables in a small store when there are two supermarkets selling fruits and vegetables. While the Wickenburg Farmer’s Market had good prices, it wasn’t as convenient as a supermarket. After all, is it worth making two stops if you need some produce, a bottle of aspirin, and a roll of paper towels? Most people probably wouldn’t think so.
- Location, location, location. Let’s face it: Wickenburg Farmer’s Market didn’t have the best location. It wasn’t near anything else that someone might need to go to. And although it had plenty of parking out back with a convenient rear entrance, most folks thought parking was limited to the two or three spaces out front. And we all know how some people just don’t like to walk more steps than they need to.
So here’s yet another example of a local business going under. In this case, they lasted slightly more than a year. I guess they were waiting for their lease to run out.
And yet there’s still a cry among Wickenburg’s seasonal residents for a Wal-Mart in town. After all, why should we shop and buy goods and services at the small local businesses that keep the town alive when we could save a few dollars here and there buying cheap merchandise manufactured in China from a company that adds low-paying jobs and huge, brightly-lighted parking lots to the community?
I don’t know about the other “snowbirds” that come to Wickenburg, but I come to Wickenburg for the small town atmosphere. Every time a local business closes, a little more of the town’s charm disappears.
If you like Wickenburg’s small town atmosphere, help keep it alive. Stop driving down to Surprise for every little thing you need to buy and start spending more of your money right here in town. Not only will you keep current businesses alive, but you’ll give entepreneurs the market they need to start and grow more businesses to service the community.
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