Another company bites the dust

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we would repeat the mantra we extolled throughout the last holiday season:

Please forego the internet and shop at home.

We are mentioning it again today because we just read a story in the financial section that revealed Toys “R” Us will close its remaining stores by the end of this week. Maui lost its store several months ago but seeing the planned closure of the rest of the chain shocked us.

Geoffrey the Giraffe, the iconic symbol of the chain, will breathe his last this Friday.

In the last several years, Maui has seen the shuttering of many of its brick-and-mortar stores including Sports Authority, Borders and the biggest — Kmart. Hilo Hattie’s closed its Kihei store. Many, many smaller stores have also shut their doors.

What this means, of course, is the loss of local jobs, local taxes and support for the pillars of our community — youth sports teams, nonprofits and churches.

The loss of longtime businesses represents a hollowing out of the support structure of Maui. As we’ve mentioned many times before, a dollar spent on an internet website is not going to march back into your employer’s store, securing your job. It is not going to see a portion of it spent to support the Maui Food Bank, Maui United Way or even a church bazaar.

Yes, internet shopping is convenient. You don’t even have to leave your chair. But there are definite consequences, as mentioned above. It also contributes to the consolidation of wealth.

So, please, at least try Maui stores first. If you can’t find what you need at home, by all means go online and get the item.

But don’t let internet shopping become your default mode. Your friends, neighbors and community need your help.

Shop at home.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

COMMENTS