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Old 01-26-2018, 09:45 PM   #1
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I miss all the smaller grocery stores

I was over at my friend's house helping with a project when I got a text from the wife to grab an onion and a bell pepper. Unfortunately there are no food stores between his place and mine (7 miles away), so I had to drive to the Giant Eagle that added 5 miles to the trip making it 12 miles total.

Up until a few years ago, there were a couple smaller mom and pop grocery stores I could've stopped at in between his house and my house. But they closed for business in the last few years. There are a lot of places that technically sell food (dollar stores, Walgreens), but they don't have any veggies or meats.

In California where I am from, even smaller neighborhood stores tend to carry some basics. There will be like a hanging basket with some peppers, onions, potatoes, lemons. Also, they might carry fresh hamburger and chicken. As well as a deli case with some cold cuts, cheese. Here, the convenience stores only carry potato chips, candy bars, and Ramen Noodles in terms of food. :)

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Old 01-26-2018, 10:53 PM   #2
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It is a Walmart country now.

My uncle and his wife had a small "mom and pop" grocery in a small town when I was a kid. My cousin lives in it today, and has a music recording studio in it.

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Old 01-27-2018, 02:43 AM   #3
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We still have a couple of small family owned independent grocers in my area. We lost one this year and I think it is just a matter of time before we lose the others. The sad fact is that we need to use them or lose them. We can't just dash in once or twice a year for one or two items and expect them to survive.
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Old 01-27-2018, 09:30 AM   #4
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Mostly big change stores here, but most them also have small grocery store under the same name and some has countryside shops under other names, which means they are in small villages and this work.

And then there is all these foreign food stores and most of them are family owned.
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:15 AM   #5
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There's a small grocery store in my neighborhood that has some fresh vegetables, a fair amount of meat, dairy and frozen foods, in addition to canned foods, snacks and sodas. And they have hot food and make sandwiches for lunch. There's a marine terminal nearby with probably hundreds of truckers going in and out every day. I think they get some of their traffic from the terminal.
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:20 AM   #6
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We have a mix of both here.
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:33 PM   #7
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Except the flies. I don't like flies. Butcher stores with a 1956 butcher counter. Dead part of town. Don't like that either.
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:38 PM   #8
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Except the flies. I don't like flies. Butcher stores with a 1956 butcher counter. Dead part of town. Don't like that either.
Those are part of the charm, for me.
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Old 01-27-2018, 02:08 PM   #9
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We still have a couple of small family owned independent grocers in my area. We lost one this year and I think it is just a matter of time before we lose the others. The sad fact is that we need to use them or lose them. We can't just dash in once or twice a year for one or two items and expect them to survive.
We did 95% of our shopping at the local family owned IGA when it was open. Sadly, they closed a year ago.
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:52 PM   #10
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I left Ohio 5 years ago and just checked to see if my Mom and Pop grocery was still in business. Yep.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Newma...19339318117472

In a town of 6,000 people, there is also the world's smallest Krogers, 3 isles total, and a larger chain I can't remember. And several convenience stores with a good selection of foods.

And the Mom and Pop store the next town over is still open also

https://www.facebook.com/Jerrys-Jame...-261459689166/
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