Grocery store for sale

Last week’s news of Larry’s Markets declaring Chapter 11, and looking to sell off their stores and ops, leaves me a little at a loss for words.

I’ve lived here six years, which isn’t really enough time to fall into a deep and meaningful relationship with anything here, but for a while there, Larry’s was my grocery store. They had the perfect location (close to ME). Their produce department was pretty darn good (I used to bring my out-of-state visitors in to watch their jaws gape open at the sight of the wall of apples, but you have to understand, most of them come from a place where they get two kinds of apples: red and green). They had a fish department that was … well, more decent than most other grocery stores within spitting distance of me. I mean, I actually bought fish there! Frequently! Their butchers were accessible. Also, I was addicted to the noodle salad in the deli (any chance they’d give me the recipe now?).

I know the editorial and the other news articles have gone on to say that other grocery stores rushed in to do the same thing, but not really. The big chains, Safeway and Fred Meyer, can’t really compete with the quality produce. Their stuff always looks just a wee bit yucky (In the case of QFC, let me amend that to be a “whole lot yucky”). Whole Foods? Too expensive. Larry’s was that perfect compromise between quality and price that no one here in town has managed to match, in all my short time living here. (They would have continued to be that compromise, except when the new Whole Foods moved in, they started jazzing things up, and then I started having issues.)

Now where am I going to go?

2 Comments so far

  1. sisco (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    Hope on a bus and hit up PCC in fremont. Price wise they’re pretty much the same. Tho often they’re as cheap as safeway. And the seafood is all non-farmed.

  2. John (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    I’m a big fan of the Town and Country market chain (Ballard Market being the local for me) but, sure, its not walking distance. Sorry =)

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