Westchester County and Mamaroneck city officials visited the shops on Mamaroneck Avenue Tuesday to highlight the importance of supporting local businesses during the holiday season.
Westchester County Chief Deputy Ken Jenkins and members of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce say locally owned businesses, like Robert’s Department Store, are the backbone of the community.
“Roberts on Mamaroneck Avenue is one of the best stores. “If you think about the shopping area, it’s been around for a long time, it seems like it’s forever, it should be around forever, and it’s important to the community,” said Legislator Catherine Parker.
Robert’s Department Store has been in the area since the 1930s, but manager Jared Andreassi says they’ve struggled to compete easily with online shopping.
“Obviously with the internet…it’s very easy and I find it easy, but it’s hard for us, so helping us a little bit and buying things for us, it really helps, it makes a big difference,” he said. .
The group also made sure to include women-owned businesses, such as Mama Village Rx and Wellness Pharmacy.
“Why should you shop here instead of CVS? Well, No. 1, you get personal service that you wouldn’t get in a chain, they probably don’t have the time or energy to help you like we would, this is like a drugstore pharmacy,” said pharmacist Sophia Liristis. .