Local retailers trying to find ways to stay relevant in online shopping era

Hampden County

Sears isn’t the only retailer that’s struggled to survive the era of online shopping. Many local retailers are trying to find ways to stay relevant.

Brick-and-mortar stores are becoming less popular among customers.

One local retailer, which has been around since the 1930s, has somehow found a way to keep up with the changing times.

Boilard and Sons in Springfield told 22News how they’re competing with major hardware stores.

“We saw the need because we started slowing down in our tool sales and certain departments here so we ended up going online and going that way,” said Bob Boilard, Boilard and Sons vice president.

Bob said that having an online presence is a necessary evil as a small business owner trying to stay relevant with the times.

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