Grocery Store Blues
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“The bread aisle sure is looking empty,” I told the grocery store cashier.
“We won’t be getting anymore,” she responded with a frown.
“Not until Monday? ” I asked.
“Not ever,” she stated. “The store is closing.”
No! I thought. Not my favorite grocery store! This is the store closest to my house! This is the store I can practically navigate with my eyes shut!
“Oh, no!” I cried. “Where will I shop now?” As an afterthought, I added “Where will you go? Do they have a place for you somewhere else?”
The cashier told me that she had decided not to stay with the company but she hoped others would be offered positions in another store location.
Shaking our heads, we talked about the suddenness of the decision to close the store. There are other grocery stores nearby, “But,” I said, “it won’t be the same.”
I was attached to the people, even though I didn’t even know them all by name. I could count on a friendly greeting and easy small talk as I went through the checkout lines on my weekly (or more) shopping outings. I was attached to the store layout too. With only limited time, I could fly through the store, filling my cart with groceries for the week and hurry back home.
Now, I would have to select a new home store and learn the layout. I would have to get to know the people I would start seeing on a regular basis. I would be forced to calculate the travel time so I could squeeze the chore into my busy day. I had some planning to do.
The only bright side was the big store discounts that would be starting the next week and continue until the goods were gone.