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Washboard Accompaniment, west 11th AvenueIs our town becoming another 'Anywhere, U.S.A', where large corporate chain stores extract our money, limit our choices and take our jobs? Can we preserve the sense of place and unique character that our loyal community-oriented local businesses help provide?

The mission of this web site is to share perspectives and stimulate discussion:

  1. concerning the imminent arrival of a large chain natural foods store in downtown Eugene;

  2. about the struggle of local stores everywhere to survive the consolidation of retailing into enormous multi-national chains;

  3. about the effect this '“corporatization'” has on our communities, culturally, socially, environmentally and economically.
The site is sponsored by Sundance Natural Foods, an independent natural foods retailer in Eugene, Oregon since 1971. We invite you to join the conversation by posting comments to the articles and submitting your thoughts by email to submit@keepitlocaleugene.org.

We hope that this site is a useful source of information and effective in highlighting the importance of community and local businesses in general. Thanks for visiting.