For years, mom and pop shops have faced fierce competition from big box retailers and e-commerce site. As the pandemic threw the nation into chaos, small businesses further struggled.
SMEs are the lifelines of the community. They make basic goods accessible to residents, especially in low-income neighborhoods and households. However, mom-and-pop shops continue to be threatened. Before, it was the arrival of big box stores within their communities that endangered the existence of mom-and-pop shops.