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Rio Rancho Mayor urges shoppers to stay in town

Megan Abundis
November 21, 2018 06:49 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – ‘Shop small’ is a national campaign. Before racing out to the big-box stores or shop online, the mayor of Rio Rancho is asking people to stay right in town to shop.

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It's no secret that there's ongoing construction on Southern.

But business owners are saying that it's not really slowing anything down.

"Here at Harris Jewelers, we have everything under the rainbow," said Gemologist Mark Guerin. "We try to cater to everybody, we are not that high-end that other normal regular people don't want to come in."

Guerin said this holiday season you have a chance to shop local in Rio Rancho.

But, the mayor wants locals to know that construction will be happening during the shopping-filled weekend.

"It's because of the construction we are really pushing our shop on Southern," said Greggory D. Hull, Mayor of Rio Rancho.

Hull said people should not be deterred by the construction. Business owners agree and say the construction hasn't even impacted sales.  

"Keeping your dollars locally helps to support first responders when you need them they come and they help you," Guerin said.

The local Rio Rancho tax dollar money goes to fixing roads, local libraries and supporting public safety.

Mayor Hull has a message for online shoppers.

"We ask you to not do that unless it's absolutely necessary," Hull said. "Our local businesses support a lot of great local activities, schools, little leagues, soccer, and gymnastics."

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