Letter to the editor: Closure of Pool World described as ‘short-sighted’

The closure of Pool World seems very short sighted. Pool World serves a good portion of the local community, directly and indirectly. It contributes to our town tax base through sales but also draws people to the downtown area and other businesses. Without Randi, Nick and Rondi, I would never have figured out how to run a pool. In fact, I can’t imagine how I would keep it going having to travel to Rutland or Burlington.
While I applaud the reopening of Greg’s market, it seems unlikely that 55 parking spaces will be needed immediately. Can’t we as a community find a way to make both businesses successful? Closing the pool store (or moving it to an unsuitable location on Exchange St, which would lead to store closure) makes no sense. The development of the building behind the One Dollar Market would provide a great location by the fall.
Middlebury is suffering under the burden of bridge reconstruction and we have lost stores already. Let’s keep this community asset alive and kicking.
Gwyn Cattell

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