Many communities want to enhance retail trade as one part of their economic development effort. While most retail businesses in a community serve local residents employed in such basic-sector businesses as manufacturing, agriculture, and health care, retailing is a significant source of employment in itself.
(CPAR), Center for Public Affairs Research, "S.T.A.R.T. Economic Development Action Step Packet - Retail and Main Street Development" (1989). Publications. 328.