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No More Eggs and Bread

It felt like a funeral.

A local grocery store that has been around for several decades is closing next week -- yet another victim of the shattered economy. Now its employees must scramble to try to find other jobs. Meanwhile, a few shoppers are stopping in to wheel their carts around one more time and take advantage of closeout-sale prices of the few items left on the shelves.

As I walked up and down the aisles, it was as if I were mourning the loss of a friend. Even though it was not my hometown store, I think my grief must have stemmed from the idea that everything familiar in our lives, including the family ritual of shopping for bread, milk, orange juice and cereal, is threatened when our country's finances crumble. Nothing is safe, nothing is guaranteed. Even stopping at the store tomorrow for a dozen eggs.

As I turned to walk down the magazine aisle, I saw, on one side, card racks that were almost entirely empty. On the other side, my attention was caught by a commemorative magazine with a large photo of President Obama. The front-page caption: "America's Hope."

The pictures below are a photo journal of a neighborhood store that in a week's time will be but a memory:

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Feb. 21st, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
When we first moved here, we'd go to two supermarkets--Shaw's and Stop & Shop. The nearest Shaw's, in Lawrence, closed a few years after we moved in--shoplifting, they claimed--so we started going to one in North Reading.

A few weeks ago, I sent my husband to Shaw's, and he complained that "there was no food on the shelves." Curious, I went there myself a week later, only to find out the store was closing Feb. 25th; it was very surreal, with the cereal aisle down to one shelf-line. Disgusted at the lack of food choices (oh, how American!), I walked out and went to the Shaw's up in Salem NH. The ladies at the checkout line there were dismayed to learn their North Reading store was closing.
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
That's just eerie. Stores employ so many and finding retail jobs now is probably next to impossible. ugh!
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
It just sucks right now...don't it?

Obama, though he's trying to do good, is sending messages that are scaring the shit outta me.... I keep thinking we're at bottom, the worst is over, and yet, every day it seems to get worse....
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Obama's in a no-win situation. I see Bill Clinton is telling Obama to say more optimistic things about the economy -- but if he did, those of us "on the ground" would think he was full of it! I remember Bush trying to sound perky about economic news and it just fell flat.

Combining "we know what's happening to you" reality with "yes we can" FDR-ish optimism is a damned hard thing to do. As I'm sure the President is finding out! I can't even begin to imagine having that job.
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