In less than 60 days our favorite Supermarket will be closing their doors for good. This store was one of the benefits of living where we live as it was just less than a half mile from us. For over 16 years Haggen’s had prided itself with stocking and selling local produce from many of the farms and ranches right here in our area.
Through corporate mismanagement they were forced to claim bankruptcy and sell four of their stores with one being ours. Many employee’s will be job searching soon if they haven’t already started. Safeway who is one of the big dogs out here purchased the Haggens stores the same as they did not so long ago with Albertsons. Both of these supermarkets are within driving range of us, but historically we have had problems with both. The other mega super store is Fred Meyer which does have slightly better quality food but is usually a nightmare to shop at.
Long gone are the days of the small town butcher, baker and produce stand as they have been replaced with the corporate super stores. For me convenience can never replace quality. Our hopes will be that we see something like a New Season’s, Trader Joes or even Whole foods taking over the old Haggens building. The problems is that each of these stores won’t even consider our area because it is not as highly populated as other area’s of City’s near us.
I know that New Season’s has teamed up with Amazon.com and Uber to make it easy to shop online and have your order delivered in less than two hours.
I know this all sounds pretty ridiculous but I have grown very fond of our local store and will miss them dearly. The employees not only worked there, but also shopped there. They were a part of our weekly routine of shopping for local and sustainable food sources.