I learned yesterday that Webster City is losing yet another business, Video Place. This business has been in our community for 25 years and has employed numerous local residents in those 25 years. Currently, Video Place employs eight individuals who will now be joining the ranks of "unemployed." How sad that first Movie Gallery closed its doors and now Video Place. The reason for the closure is lack of business. People are going to Redbox, Netflix, etc. In a community struggling to keep alive and healthy, we are choosing technology over humans. Is this a sign of the times? Are there more closures to come?
As a city, we have promoted the idea of shopping in town (keeping our business in town vs. going out of town). If we truly believe that, it is time to make good on those ideals we have kept in high regard. I, for one, will truly miss the services and personal touch the Video Place has provided. I don't know if it is too late to stop the closure, however, I do recall the efforts to save Kmart were successful more than once. The date of closure is scheduled for Feb. 29, 2012.
This is not just happening in Webster City, the Video Place in Huxley will also be closing its doors in February. The business in Huxley has also been open for more than 25 years and employs as many, if not more, people as the business in Webster City.
Keep Webster City alive!