Timely Support For Community-based Shopping
From The Franchise Industry

By Tommy-No: Usury

Tony Wanless, staff reporter for The Province, <http://www.canada.com/vancouver/theprovince> a daily Vancouver tabloid, writes in an article "Shopping small is not like the mall" (July 31, 2001, pg. A19), " … confronted with gigantic big-box stores that sell everything from groceries to hardware, small is making a comeback. Shoppers have indicated in survey after survey that they want some social interaction along with their buying and look for smaller-scale retailers to provide it."

In the article, Tony Wanless writes about Frances Stillwell who is pictured shopping in a locally franchised Thrifty Foods Store in Tsawwassen, a community near Richmond, British Columbia where the ferry departs for Vancouver Island. Thrifty Foods franchise co-owner, Dana Carroll proudly explained that the Tsawwassen store offers a large selection of unique and high quality foods and produce from local suppliers. These items are displayed in a warm community-like environment that houses a deli, a coffee shop and a sushi bar.

Dana Carroll acknowledges that the current shopping trend is towards neighbourhood or community stores. Evidently, more and more people are choosing to support local entrepreneurism. The article "Shopping small is not like the mall" is echoing concepts that are likewise empowering the SDI (Self Directed Income) industry. Learn more by reading the article "Analysis, Projections, Observations & Proposals For The SDI Industry" posted at the SDI Cyberclassroom: www.cyberclass.net/sdianalysis.htm

By introducing a local, "usury-free" community currency, the 17 store Thrifty Foods franchise chain could lead the way in re-building local community. Other local shops are already reporting a 20% increase in sales since the Thrifty Store opened in Tsawwassen in mid-June 2001. I daresay that the implementation of a "usury-free" community currency would create a loyalty boom that the Tsawwassen has not experienced since the early 20th Century. More details about "usury-free" community currency at this URL: www.cyberclass.net/bartable.htm

I challenge Thrifty Foods president, Alex Campbell to consider launching a "usury-free" community currency, which would be accepted in all 17 of the Thrifty Food franchises, which proudly boast of a 50% share of Vancouver Island’s general consumer market. I invite Alex Campbell to consult with Michael Linton, the original creator of the LETS (Local Employment Trading System) "usury-free" software, which he created in 1983. Indeed, Michael Linton also lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. I am certain that he would be pleased to consult with Thrifty Foods to explore possibilities as I would to help the local Thrifty Food franchise owners advance by giant steps when they "walk their talk" by actively participating in local community development.

Read the article "Shopping small is not like the mall" in the SDI Cyberclassroom at this URL: www.cyberclass.net/wanless.htm