- The Comptroller Kicks off His ‘Shop Maryland for the Holidays’ Tour in Baltimore -
Annapolis, Md. (November 28, 2011) – Thanksgiving is over, and while many are still eating leftovers, Comptroller Franchot today visited Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore to help kick off his annual holiday ‘Shop Maryland for the Holidays’ tour through the state.
“Shop Maryland for the Holidays is a way to encourage Marylanders to shop in state and support their communities for the holiday gift giving season,” says Comptroller Franchot. “I encourage Marylanders to get off the Internet and patronize local businesses. You can get great deals and help the more than 500,000 Marylanders employed in our state’s retail sector.” he added.
According to the President of the Maryland Retail Association, Patrick Donoho, retail is directly and indirectly responsible for 16% of Maryland’s gross domestic product (GDP), or about $44 million.
Mondawmin Mall is the first of seven stops on the Comptroller’s tour to promote the great retailers and community shopping areas throughout the state. Comptroller Franchot will visit other communities in the coming weeks such as Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Easton (Talbot County), Hunt Valley (Baltimore County), Hagerstown (Washington County), Queenstown (Queen Anne’s County) and Salisbury (Wicomico County).
The Comptroller also reminds consumers that in state shopping puts citizens’ hard earned money back into their communities and also supports local businesses that employ our friends and neighbors.