bites the dust
joins the growing list of Goffstown business
nearly 30 years of serving up burgers and fries to
local residents, Burger King in Pinardville is
other well-known businesses such as Jutras Signs,
The Village Eatery, the Everything for a Dollar store
and ATA Black Belt Academy, among others, that
have recently closed their doors here (or just
left town), Burger
King's departure from Goffstown this week is just another indication of our
depressed local economy.
But what's especially troubling about Burger
King's closure is that this was no "mom and pop"
operation. Rather, we're talking about a huge corporation operating
restaurants across the globe. Worse,
Pinardville's Burger King was not owned by a franchisee,
but was a corporate store owned and operated
directly by the company itself.
called Burger King's headquarters in Miami,
Florida to inquire as to why the restaurant had
closed. What I was told surprised me.
The company indicated that although stores are
occasionally closed due to slow sales, such an occurrence
is extremely rare. Rather, in the majority
of cases, the company closes a store because it is
no longer profitable, and is actually losing
money. This was the case with Goffstown's
I hope both the Board of Selectmen and the School
Board are paying close attention to this one,
because the Burger King closure is a glaring
indication that Goffstown is not insulated from the
huge global recession we're all
experiencing. These elected officials must
finally get control of spending, streamline
operations in every town and school department,
and acknowledge that every single one of us is
stretched to the limit just trying to keep our
financial heads above water.
Unfortunately, when it comes to losing money,
Burger King isn't alone. Many Goffstown
residents have not only lost their savings,
they've also lost their jobs and
even their homes, and increasing taxes on us only
exacerbates the problem.
Last week, the Goffstown Budget Committee, by a
vote of 11-1-2, sent a clear message to the Board
of Selectmen and the School Board: Bring in
proposed budgets for next year that reflect a
reduction of at least ten percent to their
Such a goal is definitely attainable.
Admittedly, some departments will be hard-pressed
to reach the 10% goal, and still others will find
it virtually impossible. But there are other
departments and spending lines that not only can
withstand a 10% reduction, they can easily exceed
it. And taxpayers not only need to
see spending reduced across the board, they deserve
it. After all, the rest of us have had to
reduce spending, in many case by a lot more than
ten percent. Why should we shoulder the
did our two governing bodies react to this
challenge? Unfortunately, just as we have
all come to expect.
During Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting, Phil
D'Avanza had another one of his patented
meltdowns, raising his voice while spouting his usual
"sky-is-falling" rhetoric about
catastrophic elimination of services, the
destruction of the earth, the implosion of the
sun, black holes swallowing up Goffstown, etc.,
etc, all caused by the Budget Committee's proposed
10% reduction in the spend, spend, spend mindset
that D'Avanza has held so dear for so many years.
at the school board that same night, member Virginia McKinnon said
it was not the job of the school board to listen to the
Budget Committee (oh, really?), but rather to create a responsible
budget. Hmmm. When has that ever
not to be outdone (as usual), chairman Keith Allard
reacted with one of the most ridiculous comments
I've ever heard from him (or anyone else), when he
wondered out loud which 10% of our students the Budget Committee did not want to
unbelievable we ever elected this
Goffstown businesses are suffering as much as we
taxpayers, it appears to be "business as
usual" for selectmen and the school board.
I'm wrong, because I just can't afford to be right.
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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