Paine bets on relationships, experiences
Superior Mayor Jim Paine doesn’t mince words when explaining his business views, which some might consider out of the norm – at least for their generation.
“We cut the levy two years in a row, but people still continued to focus on retail,” he quipped. Paine said he pushes back on those who fear the closures spell doom for the city’s retail future. His goal, Paine explained, is to educate people about ways in which Superior can have a healthier retail climate than so-called big boxes offered.
“Retailing is not leaving. Retail is changing pretty significantly, and I think it’s for the better,” said the mayor, who also challenged the value of “buy local” campaigns. He freely admitted to shopping online and, voicing words that many Superiorites detest, confessed to shopping in Duluth.
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