Please Do NOT Close The Southern States Store on Williamsburg Road
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On November 26, 2019, we learned that you intend to close the Southern States store located at 3119 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, Virginia on January 20, 2020. We, as customers of this store, are devastated by the news.
The closing of this store will have a tremendous impact on the farmers and horse owners in Varina, and surrounding areas, of Henrico County. According to a statement by Senior Vice-President Steve Patterson, in a September 11, 2018 article in the Richmond Times Dispatch;
“The cooperative decided to sell the corporate headquarters (sic) building to focus on its core business, said Steve Patterson, its senior vice president for marketing and communications. Southern States is owned by more than 200,000 farmer-members, and serves its members and other customers through 1,200 retail outlets in 23 states.”
The decision to close the store located on Williamsburg Road in eastern Henrico County goes against the grain of the core business of serving farmers and other customers.
For several years, we have had the option to shop Tractor Supply in Mechanicsville, but we chose to remain loyal customers at Southern States. Even with the opening of the Tractor Supply in Quinton, it will not have a significant impact on the business of the Southern States store on Williamsburg Road. Why? Because of the:
- SERVICE we receive from your employees
- KNOWLEDGE of the employees when it comes to all types of farming
- FRIENDLINESS of the employees
If you go to the Facebook page Varina Community Connections, since November 26, 2019, there have been 145 comments about the closing and 448 shares. This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/VarinaCommunityConnections
Reading the comments, you will see the negative impact the closing of the store will have on those who depend on that store.
PLEASE reconsider this decision and do not close the store located at 3119 Williamsburg Road in eastern Henrico County.
Your Loyal Citizens
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