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Petition Started to Keep Target in Trotwood
TROTWOOD -- Folks in Trotwood say if Target really does close its local store they'll pretty much be out of shopping options, which is why they're using social media to talk with the big boss.
The reaction has been strong since Target announced it's pulling the plug May 5 on its Trotwood location.
"I think they shouldn't be closing all the stores down because we have to go way out to shop into the grocery store," Roslyn Usher of Trotwood remarked on Tuesday.
The "Keep Target in Trotwood, Ohio" Facebook page has racked up more than 500 members in three days.
These folks say Target should not only stay open but it should expand with a full grocery store because it's one the few retailers left in the area.
"You're really pulling out the social underpinnings of a community and that's not right. That's why we have to fight," 'Keep Target in Trotwood, Ohio' Facebook page creator Rick Martin said passionately.
The Facebook page, doubling in numbers everyday, is linked directly to a petition on Change.org and addressed to Target's CEO and state representatives.
"Good for business or good for the community, and there's a fine point there. Unfortunately, what Target is doing is good for business and they're not caring about the community," Martin added.
Martin says he believes regular folks can affect or change a corporate decision and points to the success of the 2011 campaign to save the Trotwood Post Office.
"The goal is saving our community by saving our stores in the community," Martin said confidently.
In the coming weeks, the Facebook group is organizing a shopping day and asking all of Trotwood to come out and show Target how valuable the store is. We'll let you know when that shopping day is scheduled.
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