Pawn shop helps locals and Granby as a community
To the Editor:What makes a community? Is it a ski area, a golf course, and $1 million second homes and condos that are empty 90 percent of the time? That must be all you need, because Granbys mayor apparently doesnt want any businesses around that cater to locals they dont give Granby a good image.There arent enough businesses for locals as it is, but Mayor Ted Wang still wants to limit them. It seems absurd. Shouldnt the town be encouraging business to come to Granby?When I opened the Rocky Mountain Trading Post the only pawnshop that Grand County has had for about 20 years a little over one year ago, I was met with resistance from the town. After an exhaustive search of the ordinances they told me with a tone of surprise and disappointment that they had no ordinance against pawn shops, so there was nothing they would do to stop it.Perhaps if Mayor Wang had ever set foot in my business, he would have seen that it isnt the terrible underbelly of society he must think it is. The stereotypical pawnshop full of stolen goods just doesnt exist anymore, and I wouldnt do business that way anyway.Weve had two customers (0.3 percent of our pawn customers) pawn stolen items since weve been open, and thanks to our security measures, they were arrested. We actively communicate with the police and sheriff on at least a weekly basis. We are happy to do so and have never had any problems with them.The other 99.7 percent of our pawn customers are honest, hard working people, and mostly locals. Most of them pawn items to get by during mud season, or to pay an unexpected bill. I cant tell you how many people thank me and my staff for helping keep their heat on, pay their rent or mortgage, or put gas in their car to get to work.Most of my retail customers locals and tourists alike liked our low prices. Where else in this county can you buy a TV for $30, a video game or DVD for $5, or power tools that dont require a second mortgage?We were good for the local economy while we lasted. Customers pawned or just sold us items they didnt need anymore and we resold them. Some of the money we paid out for those items was then spent at other local business. What is so terrible about that?There are a number of reasons that led me to decide before the ordinance was proposed to close up shop. The truth is, its hard to make a living operating a business that caters almost exclusively to locals. Im truly sorry to go, and I hope that one day another businessperson will try it again, because this community needs a pawn shop.I hope Mayor Wang and the half a dozen people who are in favor of the ordinance will like the sight of our building sitting empty soon, and not contributing any sales tax to the city. Perhaps that will help give Granby the good image they are hoping for.Kent PippinOwner, Rocky Mountain Trading PostGranby
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