RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - With Shopko leaving Rapid City, local, mom and pop shops are looking at their business models.
At Staple and Spice Market in downtown Rapid City, owner Carol Pugh says they aren't worried about the failure of large brick and mortar stores. She says small businesses actually have an advantage in the fast paced world of commerce where things are constantly changing.
She says they are able to adapt to market changes very quickly and they're able to provide more tailored customer service.
"I think everyone knows that when you want to go in and shop and you want product knowledge, you do need to go to a place that is going to provide that and that tends to be small business," Pugh said.
Staple and Spice is also a tester market for many products before the products end up on the internet - just another way it says ahead of the growing e-commerce trend.