PLAINVIEW, TX -- A school supply shop called England's in Plainview will close its doors Friday, saying the economy over the last few years is partially to blame. Plainview has had a tough year, after Cargill closed in February, though the Plainview Chamber of Commerce said the city has been doing well.
"It'll be hard, but it's okay," Lynn McMennamy, owner of England's, said.
The store officially closes Friday, and she's been with the store for almost 50 years. She blames part of the closure on the economy over the last few years. "We can't compete with the super stores, because they're selling cheaper than what we can buy it at," McMennamy said.
Another thing that didn't help the store was the school right across the street closing earlier in the year. "Basically, it brought, we lost all traffic," McMennamy said. She also could not pinpoint one exact cause for their loss, but said it had been building over the last few years. "People want the cheapest thing they can get," she said.
"Our economy overall, actually, for the last two months, our sales tax numbers have been up a little bit," Linda Morris, Executive Director of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce said.
"I won't be naive to say that Cargill hasn't effected us and still is, to a, but not to the extent that everybody thought," Morris said. She said the citizens of Plainview should be commended for working to move forward since February, when the plant officially closed. "I think we've moved past that and taken care of ourselves."
Morris said there have been two groundbreakings in the area in one week, and, she said, about $40 million dollars coming in hospital renovations.
"Your economy can't be suffering so much if people are willing to spend that much money," Morris said.
"It's gonna be sad. I've spent a lot of years and a lot of hours," McMennamy said. They officially close Friday, and she said they are trying to get rid of as much merchandise as possible by then.
Morris also said she hopes Plainview is moving back to the trend of mom and pop type shops, or at least more locally owned franchises. There will also be a massive wind farm project moving into the area in the future, which does promise more money and jobs for the economy.