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Questions Raised Over Big Businesses Involved in 'Buy B.A.'

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With all three winning tickets for the 'Buy Broken Arrow' giveaway coming from Reasor's, some voiced concern over whether or not the supermarket should be allowed to participate, along with smaller, locally-owned businesses.

Along Main Street in Broken Arrow-- small businesses make up the face of downtown - businesses like Spoke House Bicycles, who look forward to the rush of customers that comes with the Buy Broken Arrow campaign.

"Hence, the name - 'Buy Broken Arrow.' It sounds like we accomplished what we wanted to," said Spoke House service manager, Daniel Rittler, who told Tulsa's Channel 8, the concerns were not lost on him. "There's, obviously, a little disappointment about seeing the final - the big announcements of where it came from being Reasor's. [I'm] not entirely surprised, but just a little bit disappointed in that," he said.

But, April Sailsbury with the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce says, the main goal of Buy Broken Arrow is to bring in sales tax revenue, which she says, Reasor's plays a huge role in doing.

"Does Reasor's have a place in this?," said Sailsbury. "Absolutely. Because, every tax dollar or every sales dollar that comes into Reasor's means better parks for us, better streets, fire, police - it keeps us safe and it gives us a really good quality of life," she said.

Sailsbury says that is the ultimate goal of the the campaign, along with showing the people of Broken Arrow, everything they need is right here in town. "We are not a small community anymore, with very little opportunity to shop. You can get almost all of your needs - really, all of your needs - fulfilled within the city that you live in."

For Rittler, participation in the contest, ended up being positive for the bicycle shop. "Overall, the whole experience - we definitely enjoyed it and we'll definitely do it again."

The Broken Arrow Chamber said this year was the biggest year yet for Buy Broken Arrow. They are planning for even bigger prizes in 2014, to celebrate the campaign's twentieth anniversary.

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