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News Release: Comptroller Franchot is Shopping for the Holidays

Comptroller Franchot is Shopping for the Holidays


- ‘Shop Maryland for the Holidays’ Tour Kicks Off in La Plata -


Annapolis, Md. (November 21, 2013) – Halloween has faded from view and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, which can only mean one thing, Marylanders are gearing up for holiday shopping.  Once again, Comptroller Peter Franchot is encouraging residents to ‘Shop Maryland for the Holidays’ and he kicked off his 2013 shopping tour today in La Plata.

“The holidays are about friends, family and community.  I can’t think of a better way to promote holiday cheer and goodwill than shopping in the many wonderful businesses throughout out the state,” says Comptroller Franchot. “By shopping at local businesses, you support the more than 500,000 Marylanders employed in our state’s retail sector.” he added.   

The Maryland Retailers Association (MRA) says retailers depend on shoppers during the holidays to maintain their ability to provide economic vitality to their communities, and serve as the largest private sector employer in Maryland. “Retailers throughout Maryland are prepared to assist consumers with their holiday shopping,” Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association said. “Retailers are vital part of the communities throughout Maryland and they truly appreciate the support from those communities during this holiday season.”

“MRA urges consumers to shop their local retailers for their holiday needs. Shopping Maryland retailers helps support the people employed there, who may be family, friends or neighbors, and the support those retailers provide to the community.” Mr. Donoho noted.

La Plata is the first of many planned stops on the Comptroller’s annual tour promoting the fantastic retailers and community shopping areas throughout the state.  He will visit other communities in the coming weeks such as Takoma Park (Montgomery County), Laurel (PrinceGeorgesCounty), Cumberland (Allegany County), Easton (TalbotCounty) and Annapolis (AnneArundel County).  In past years, the Comptroller has also shopped in Baltimore City, Ellicott City, Hunt Valley, Leonardtown and Salisbury.

Comptroller Franchot also reminds consumers that in-state shopping puts citizens’ hard earned money back into their communities and supports local businesses that employ our friends and neighbors. Additionally, he believes that, “shopping locally gets consumers the best product, service and experience for their dollar.” 

For those who prefer to shop from home, the Comptroller reminds Marylanders to support local store owners by making sure you buy from aMaryland business website.”