Why do so many Bozemanites have a problem with big businesses coming to town?

It seems like everyday we hear about new businesses coming to Bozeman to open shop, offering something special. Many folks here in Bozeman not only hate how Bozeman is growing in population, but also feel like it's being taken over by big companies.

For instance, when Starbucks came in many were upset with it's location. Some thought it was too close to downtown, even though it's all the way over the by Bozeman High School. Some citizens think that a local coffee shop should have opened there instead.

I don't especially have a preference between Starbucks or a local coffee shop, but the many people who work at Starbucks ARE locals and have access to fantastic benefits.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Larger companies that come into Bozeman not only create economic growth, but also new opportunities for job seekers.

Larger businesses can push small businesses to get creative, and not only keep their existing customer base, but grow it as well.

Think about it, if a new movie theater opened up in Bozeman and offered not only cheaper prices but comfier seats, would you still go to the movie theater in the mall? No, of course not, This would force the old theater to either drop their prices as well or come up with an idea to bring back their customers. It's a win-win for everyone.

Personally, I am all for small businesses and shopping local, but there isn't anything wrong with larger companies coming in and offering us an alternative.

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