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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
April 7, 2020
The coronavirus is causing the small grocers of Patagonia to see an increase in business — and appreciation.
Instead of traveling to heavy population zones like Nogales, or Tucson, to shop at big box stores, residents are now relying on their local small market.
Patagonia resident Romona Redwine, told the Orange Street News that she finds herself giving more business to the local businesses.
“I will say that it is really great to have these local stores, because now, I am only traveling to bigger stores when I absolutely have to,” said Redwine.
Business has been booming , according to Patagonia Market employee, Susan Aten.
“I sure do think that more people have an appreciation for local businesses. We have been doing great. I am just so thankful that we can stay open,” Aten told the OSN.
The Market is stocked with all the essentials, including toilet paper, paper towels, meat, flour, and eggs.
Red Mountain Foods in Patagonia also has been noticing that business is doing better now.
“I notice people we don’t know who are coming because they have to shop locally now,” Sader told the OSN.
A sign outside encourages all customers to wash their hands before entering.
Recently Patagonia was declared to be in a state of emergency. Businesses have not been forced to close, but are asked to take precautions.
“It is proclaimed and ordered that in order to flatten the curve of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, keep our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and maximize available funding,” read a flyer being handed out to local businesses.