The proliferation of chain stores has weakened the local economy. Regulations and high taxes have a negative impact on small businesses. The neighborhood store is the only source of income for many people. The local retail economy cannot compete with the competition and small shop owners are might stay without income.
"There used to be many customers on this street, but now the situation have gotten pretty bad, nothing is working. people rarely visit the store. Distributors bring cheap products to big brands, and since my store is small, I need a little bit of production and taxes are higher, ”said Naziko, 85, whose source of income is the store.