Shoppers turn to local businesses Saturday

Posted at: 11/23/2012 4:11 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 6:14 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some shoppers may have bought all their holday gifts during Black Friday, but there are local business in Albuquerque and nationwide hoping that if people still have shopping left to do they'll cruise the small, local stores during 'Small Business Saturday.'

All over the country, people are being asked to shop local and often and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is banking on it.  

"Those moneys come right back to the city and we return those to you in the form of public safety: Police Officers, Firefighters and road repairs and all the things that we do," he said.

Local electronics retailer Jeff Baillio is hoping shoppers will keep them in mind too.

"When you shop and support somebody locally they're going to be providing more jobs to more local people and more good paying jobs as well," Baillio said. "So it's very important to buy local."

Baillio says the local guys are competitive on prices with the big box stores thanks to regional buying. He thinks that product knowledge and service are a couple areas where things get leveled out. They tend to have less turnover at a family owned places.

Unlike most of the big box stores Baillio said that they chose to sit out on the Thanksgiving early start shopping competition.

"I think our employees appreciate it," he said. "We had a lot of customers say great - You should take care of your employees. You know that's what Thanksgiving is about is family."