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New Surf Chain Causing Some Waves In OC Surf Shop Community

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Ron Jon Surf Shop is a popular surf store chain, and it just opened it's doors in Ocean City last month. However, since they have moved into town, it's causing some controversy in beach town's surf shop community.

David Dalkiewicz, owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Products since 1976, says the negativity may have to do with the competition.

"Certainly that's bound to cut a piece of the pie, the more competition, the more that pie gets sliced," says Dalkiewicz. "If they go to the one place maybe they don't go to the other."

Surf Shop owner, Lee Gerachis, believes the negativity may be about money leaving the community.

"A lot of this intake in cash exits ocean city, where normally it would come back in and be spent back in town."

A number of local surf shop owners say a new "buy local" campaign is now underway, and there are ads in stores, all over facebook, and some are even looking to put these logos on clothing. Sources say K-Coast Surf Shop has been spear-heading the effort, but when WMDT reached out to them for comment, they declined. While some stores are up in arms, other owners say business is great, and they don't feel any threat by new competition coming to town. 

"I can't believe the negativity seen on blogs and heard from some of my competitors about it," says Blair Rhodes, owner of Chauncey's Surf Shop.

Rhodes says he has owned the business for 45 years, and says that so far Ron John's Surf Shop have been good neighbors, and he does not have any complaints.

"If someone opens up and does it better, then I'm not working hard enough. It's my fault, not theirs."

Gerachis says that it's been a tough economic time for all store owners recently, but there will always be competition.

"It's what it is, it's the nature of the game, you just have to do what you do better. Realistically, the public votes with their dollars, so we'll see how it all plays out."

WMDT reached out to Ron Jon Surf Shop for their read on this "buy local" campaign, but have yet to receive a call back from their corporate headquarters.

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