Start writing town's obituary
Apr 25, 2013 | 2459 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the Editor,

I totally agree with the editorial regarding Ann Coleman’s Art Gallery.

Wilmington is so close to death someone should start writing its obituary. The businesses that quickly rebuilt and reopened did so with good faith that the locals would continue to support them.

Everyone pulled together after the devastating flood and worked together. Yet soon after the same old issues surfaced. I suffer greatly at my location because the town government is petrified of being sued.

The bullies continue to make life in our town a nightmare. Naively the extra 1% sales tax was approved in our war-torn town, and guess where you all shop? New Hampshire.

I’m so sick of hearing about how Rite Aid and Shaw’s have cheaper prices on beer and wine. Well East Main Street is where everything is happening, so our Historical District is a joke. Remember “Come to Dover before it’s over?”

Well, Wilmington’s tourist slogan seems to be “When you hit the light, go right!” Dover’s booming, people, so stop bickering and help Wilmington recover.

Deb Tortorella, owner of Robinson’s Liquor Store

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Kuhrt Luczynski
April 29, 2013
Deb- you ought to be ashamed of yourself! "Entitlement" is the word that comes to mind. I am a wilmington resident and i have visited your establishment on 2 occasions. i dont drink, but i was buying liquor for family functions. first off, you cannot own a business and not expect competition. second- you have hardly any parking, your sign is barely visible from the road, even though the speed limit is 25. As a former customer of your store, i can personally attest that your selection is extremely limited, and the shelves and merchandise are literally covered in dust. Now lets talk about the horse of a dog that roams freely throughout your store. yes, she is sweet and i have scratched her ear and her butt and found her to be quite appreciative, but a dog of that magnitude is intimidating to many people, and may cause them to choose another location. third- and this is the part that truly sickens me- you overinflate your prices to take advantage of the tourist that do our town the favor of patronizing here, then cry when they look forr a better deal elsewhere. you do NOT sell a unique or crafted item, you sell booze, therefore you are subject to scrutiny on price. you do not sell one-of-a-kind items, where price gouging is more acceptible. Yet you have the nerve to call on the locals to bail you out from under your situation while you dig as deeply as possible into their pocket. I am not picking on you, but i absolutely refuse to empathize with your poor marketing, inconvenient location, and lack of advertising and competition skills. ENTITLEMENT. there, i said it again. You cannot buy a large 3 topping pizza in wilmington for less than $25, closer to $30. therefore, i take my business to bennington, where i can get two three topping large pizzas for $15. Shaw's and Rite Aid have inflated their prices and provided low customer service for years. I refuse to do business with either of them. AND I AM A LOCAL. how sad is it that i cannot afford to be a consumer in my own town? you complain about a 1% tax, yet you inflate your prices by what? 20%? 30%? When the business owners of wilmington realize that this is Mt Snow and not Disneyworld, and start showing some appreciation and respect for their neighbors that live here all year long, then our economy will inevitably improve. you cant expect a local that is barely getting by to pay your ridiculous prices for a cold beer after a long hard day at work.

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