Hardeman supports local businesses in Tillsonburg

TILLSONBURG —Today Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, joined by Mayor Stephen Molnar and Virginia Armstrong,  Tillsonburg BIA, visited local Tillsonburg stores to promote the importance of shopping local and supporting our local businesses.

“Oxford has been hard hit by recent layoff announcements in addition to the current strike at CAMI, which is an important reminder to support our businesses and the jobs they create here in Oxford,” Hardeman said. “Groups like the Tillsonburg BIA are doing great work to ensure there is a strong local economy with lots of great products available right here in Tillsonburg.”

Hardeman launched a Shop Local, Buy Local initiative to encourage residents to support local businesses in response to recent plant closures and layoff announcements in the riding. The initiative builds on existing buy local campaigns by bringing greater awareness to the importance of supporting local businesses.

“The Town of Tillsonburg has historically been a valuable center for business, health care and retail services supporting a regional population of nearly 80,000. The opportunity to Shop Local is a positive reinforcement to the business owners and families who have invested in our community and region and who provide valuable opportunities to us all on a regular basis,” said Molnar. “Local patronage is important for these entrepreneurs and I encourage us all to look local first when identifying important items for our families or homes.”

Hardeman, Molnar and Armstrong visited a number of stores and businesses in downtown Tillsonburg, including Pedlars Quay, a home accessories and furnishings store which is celebrating its 30th year. Earlier in the day Hardeman visited local businesses in Norwich.

“We were happy to host MPP Hardeman and are grateful for his support through his promotion of shopping and buying local,” said Virginia Armstrong, Executive Director of the Tillsonburg BIA. “Our businesses have been very receptive of the initiative and are excited ‎to be a part of supporting our local community.”

For more information on shopping and buying local, visit www.Ernie HardemanMPP.com.

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For more information, contact:

Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford

(519) 537-5222