As Mayor, there are many things to worry about. Among them would be to have an anchor business within the community closing. This past week, through faulty reporting on the part of USA TODAY, we all thought that the CVS was closing in Greenwood Lake! This news immediately brought relative chaos to our Village overnight.
Fortunately, after countless calls to CVS Corporate, we were able to determine that it was actually a mistake. In fact, I was told that the idea that CVS Corp. would close our CVS was impossible considering how much they recently invested into our local store just last year! The sudden relief set in and the positive feeling began to sink in.
Greenwood Lake is doing extremely well right now! There is no doubt that it has been tough doing business here; it’s tough doing business anywhere. We do not have endless foot traffic marching around the Village 365 days a year. Many of our businesses rely on locals to support them throughout the year.
Our local businesses and Chamber of Commerce, working hand in hand with our Village Board, are undoubtedly working tirelessly to support our local economy and drive foot traffic to our community. But, at the end of the day, our businesses need us. They need our support and they need our patronage. It did not feel good when the (fake!) news broke about CVS. It hurts to lose a business – we all know that. Let’s do our part and try our very best to support our local businesses as best we can.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the May 8 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.