We received the below comment as a reply to a post on our Facebook page regarding our Timonium grand opening coming up this weekend…
“Absolutely love my Bowie Store….Please don’t expand too much under the same name and ownership…spread the love….I would hate for my favorite store to become an evil corporation….seems the inevitable with all big operations.”
This customer is obviously concerned- and I have thought about this issue a lot as we ramp up for substantial growth.
I do not believe that “Big” automatically = “Bad”. I think there are unethical small companies and wonderful large companies- and visa versa. I think that when a bad company gets large, it has the power to do horrible things… Enron, Nestle, Monsanto, entire industries such as tobacco, oil, coal, etc. The list isn’t short, unfortunately.
When a company is socially responsible however, I think the larger that company gets, the better.
At MOM’s, our Purpose is to protect and restore the environment. This is a goal we will never stop working towards. The bigger we get, the more influence we will have over other businesses (leading by example), the more consumers we’ll be able to educate and be a resource for (recycling drives, electric car charging stations, banning bottled water, signing up for wind power, etc.), and the more we’ll be able to influence the grocery industry in general.
As we open more stores and move into new regions, we will show our customers and other businesses many different ways to protect and restore the environment and we will be more able to financially support environmental groups who are working hard side-by-side with us.
The way I see it, the longer MOM’s reach, the better for the communities we enter- and for the world.