There is much debate as to whether our community should welcome new businesses from outside our community, especially if we already have businesses of the same or better caliber that have served our community for years.
Most people admit that in the end it is a free world and there is no reason to be protectionist. It is anyone's right to open a business anywhere they please.
But what If a business with more buying power because it has a large store in Brooklyn comes into our town and proceeds to threaten their suppliers not to sell to stores in Lakewood that were already selling furniture? Should we be a part of their "celebration"?
The owners of Living Quarters have come into Lakewood with the intention of putting existing stores out of business. Not by providing better service, quality or pricing. Simply by using their influence to stop their competition from buying furniture from companies that were always a large part of their business.
If the leaders of our town don't have the guts to help our embattled merchants, let us join together to ignore any stores whose first goal it is to put our own friends out of business.