Fran­chot hon­ors Sim­mons Cen­ter Market

Comptroller pro­motes shop­ping lo­cal

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot stopped by Sim­mons Cen­ter Market Fri­day, Nov. 30, to rec­og­nize the store for its im­pres­sive ten­ure on Race Street.

CAM­BRIDGE — Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot stopped by Sim­mons Cen­ter Market Fri­day, Nov. 30, to rec­og­nize the store for its im­pres­sive ten­ure on Race Street.

The shop is cel­e­brat­ing 81 years in Cam­bridge.

Fran­chot, pro­mot­ing the ini­tia­tive of shop­ping lo­cally in the state, said Ricky Travers and his fam­ily per­son­ify ex­cel­lent qual­i­ties for busi­nesses in Mary­land.

“We’re here to just cel­e­brate Ricky Travers and his fam­ily ... and what they rep­re­sent in the state of Mary­land, which is char­ac­ter, val­ues, en­trepreneur­ship, in­no­va­tion and keep­ing your head above wa­ter in chal­leng­ing times,” Fran­chot said.

Fran­chot said small busi­nesses like Sim­mons Cen­ter Market are the back­bone of

the lo­cal econ­omy, pro­vid­ing jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity mem­bers. Chances for Cam­bridge res­i­dents to shop lo­cally also are im­por­tant as 70 per­cent of the state’s econ­omy is driven by con­sumer spend­ing,

he said.

“Retail es­tab­lish­ments in­di­rectly em­ploy 750,000 Mary­lan­ders,” Fran­chot said.

Mary­land Real­tor As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Cai­ley Lock­lair Tolle thanked Fran­chot for bring­ing aware­ness to

lo­cal Cam­bridge busi­nesses. She said the as­so­ci­a­tion was hon­ored to have Sim­mons Cen­ter Market as a mem­ber.

Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley said the out­pour­ing sup­port of Cam­bridge busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the visit of Fran­chot, was a wel­come sight. She said the com­mu­nity ap­pre­ci­ates the gen­er­a­tional sac­ri­fice made by the Tra­verses.

“I also want to thank the comptroller for find­ing it in his busy sched­ule to yet again come to Cam­bridge. I know Sim­mons Cen­ter Market is one of his fa­vorite es­tab­lish­ments,” Jack­son Stan­ley said. “I think I’ve said it be­fore: Sim­mons Cen­ter Market has been a bedrock for the com­mu­nity for many years.”

Travers said it was a bless­ing to have the comptroller visit his busi­ness an­nu­ally.

“We’re blessed to be able to do what we do,” Travers said.

Fran­chot also dis­cussed the new Cor­ner­stone Award for Lo­cal Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence, which will be awarded to lo­cal busi­nesses that are in­no­va­tive, in­de­pen­dent and in­vest in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Busi­nesses are nom­i­nated by on­line form, which will close on Dec. 31.

“If they’re in­ter­ested in strength­en­ing the com­mu­ni­ties they are lo­cated in, nom­i­nate them,” Fran­chot said.

PHO­TOS BY JACK RODGERS

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot shops for poin­set­tias at The Cob­bler’s Coun­try Gift and Shop Fri­day, Nov. 30.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, cen­ter, dis­cusses the im­por­tance of shop­ping lo­cal dur­ing his visit to Sim­mons Cen­ter Market in Cam­bridge.

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