Winthrop Management and CVS Pharmacies: Know this--I will not shop at a CVS in the Nantucket Historic District!
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Winthrop Management and CVS Pharmacies: Know this--I will not shop at a CVS in the Nantucket Historic District!

    1. Greg Hinson
    2. Petition by

      Greg Hinson

      Nantucket, MA

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November 2012

Victory

From Greg Hinson, the petition creator: We live in a town of 10,000. Within 4 days of going live, our petition had over 4,000 signatures, each one triggering an email to the landlord and the prospective tenant (CVS). We also organized locally, created signs for shop owners to post in their store windows, each with a QR code to take passersby to the petition site. We contacted local media, and the petition itself, became the story. AND IT WORKED!

Nantucket is a unique place. Beautiful, historic, and populated by a proud people. Living on an island 30 miles out to see makes it ever so important that we support each other. You see, for 200 years, we have had no choice but to SHOP LOCAL.

For Winthrop Management to decide to replace THE downtown grocery store with a CVS shows that they do not know this town.

They must not realize how that would alter life in town and on island, being left with one grocery store, outside of town. One that was already hard to get in and out of in the summer when our population explodes to over 50,000. One that will not be easily accessible to people staying at the Boat Basin and in town (without vehicles). One that is already a leading earner for its franchise because of the lack of competition. They do not know Nantucket.

They must not care about local businesses and, therefore, island residents. Bringing in a CVS could be devastating to the three local pharmacies, including one in town that has been there forever, with soda fountain and lunch counter. But the threat wouldn't stop there. CVS stores also sell beer and wine, books, magazines, toys, seasonal items, and even medical care. Many local merchants would feel the pinch. They do not know Nantucket.

They must think that we are weak and will not stand up to defend our No Chain Store bylaw. We passed this in 2006, but exempted grocery stores. In even considering a move to town, this must be the loophole they hope to exploit. They must think that we, as a town, will not have the will or the resources to defend their challenge. They do not know Nantucket.

They must not know Nantucket. Else they simply do not care.

We will NOT shop at a CVS on Nantucket. We hope you will keep this in mind.

To:
Winthrop Management and CVS Pharmacies
Winthrop Management
Know this: I will not shop at a CVS in the Nantucket Historic District!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      At the meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Steve Cohen, attorney representing CVS, announced: "CVS was in an exploratory phase regarding use of the vacated 2 Salem St. location, the former Grand Union site. However, CVS supports the community's desire to secure a grocery store for downtown Nantucket. In that spirit, CVS will work cooperatively with the property owner to find an appropriate tenant."

      And with that, hopefully Winthrop Management will move forward to find an appropriate tenant.

      Thank you all for your input.

      Thank you to the Board of Selectmen for unanimously stating, PRIOR to the big announcement, that they were with us, and that they were "prepared to go to the mat" on this issue!!!!

      And Thank You CVS for being community-minded and listening to our needs!

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Meeting

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      We are meeting this morning (Monday, 11/19) at 11 am at Boarding House to deliver signs to downtown merchants. Please join us.

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      Tuesday, November 20, 1 pm. Community meeting room at the Nantucket Police Station.

      We need to be there and ask our elected officials to use all means to prevent this from happening. To tell them we expect them to uphold our zoning bylaws!

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. 1,000!

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      1,000 Signatures in less than a day! Thanks so much for your support. The momentum is going to swing this weekend. Watch!

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Noel Berry NANTUCKET, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      A CVS in the downtown historic district will harm the fabric of our community

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    • brigid oriordan NANTUCKET, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      WE NEED A FOOD MARKET THERE.

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    • beverly knapp NANTUCKET, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      We purchased here 15 years ago as the charm of this lovely island with no chain stores was very alluring. I am sorry to see today's greed with many landlords. We will not support a CVS. The quaintness of our little town will be totally destroyed. There are some fabulous reasons why Nantucket was voted the number 1 island to live. (National Geographic 2012)Foolishly, I thought we were protected from chains by our selectman and the town. This should not have been allowed to get this far.

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    • Aliza Augustine WEST NEW YORK, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I was a long time year round resident and a summer resident since 1966. Nantucket does not need a CVS. Our family home is on Starbuck Road in Madaket.

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    • Hank Alexandre DEDHAM, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Nantucket is my hometown - I don't want to see local businesses lose out to off island chain companies

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