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Saveway’s survival shouldn’t shock but there is a lesson to be learned

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By John Whitlock

One of the things that has impressed me most about Owen countiains since I came here nearly three years ago is the strong sense of independence people around here constantly display and their commitment to preserving the past.
When word started circulating around town last week that Saveway would be closing its doors, people took it personally.
“There has never been a time during my life when there wasn’t a Saveway,”
“I can remember my mother taking me down there when I was a child. We always had a wonderful time together shopping.”
“It’s very sad for Owen County.”

The outpouring of affection helped convince Saveway owner Malone Bourne to keep the store open as a specialty meat/deli operation. The decision comes as a relief to the people who regularly shop Saveway.
 But it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Owen countians generally possess a strong sense of independence and a desire to do for themselves. From my impression, most Owen countians are pleased that there isn’t a Walmart down the street that would destroy most of the hometown businesses that have served the community faithfully over the decades.
People in Owen County enjoy knowing their neighbors and take pride in having a close-knit community.
But the near demise of Saveway should also serve as a wake-up call.
You don’t have to drive out of Owen County to do your shopping.
Local businesses need and deserve your support. They pay local taxes. They provide jobs.  They are here to serve you — usually when you need them the most.
Without local businesses and a strong local economy, most communities will shrivel up and die.
So the next time you are writing up your shopping list, stop and consider what you buy around here. You will not only be saving yourself some time, effort and money, you will be helping to make sure Owenton businesses continue to survive.