“You get the Walmart you deserve!”
Perhaps people moving into my neighborhood over the last 5 years aren’t the type to buy fine wine, cheese, and beef. They chose to save a few bucks buying bulk at a corporate grocery store. How do I know this? The results speaks for itself: this independent market had to close after 50 years.
Gene’s Fine Foods was the best butcher, dairy, produce, and wine merchant within walking distance to my house. Where else could you pick up Demi-Glacé, truffles, fresh morels and a cowboy ribeye steak, smoked bacon and walk home? Not to mention twenty kinds of butter, fresh Sushi and knife sharpening service. And propane tanks. The lady working the cashier knows my kids because our kids go to the same school.
Next best place was Andronico’s (now Safeway), Whole Foods (now Amazon), and Draeger’s (still around I think). Doesn’t come close to having Gene’s next door - even my parents used to drive across town to shop here.
Now, like the rest of the neighborhood I must go to Costco or endure standing in line with snooty rich people in Some other town.
Ok, I’m done venting. Now get off my lawn.
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