I was overjoyed to listen to a popular talk show and hear of the many specials and discounts at my former food store chain in eastern New Providence was offering to callers.
I was a regular shopper at the food store chain, but of late, I have found myself as a refugee in its rival’s store in the South.
To my surprise the store promoter was issuing gift certificates like they were going out of style, and boy I was overjoyed like a Jew in Moscow all ready, set to be heading back to Jerusalem.
Rather than going to the store in the south, which is bare like the cupboard of’ ‘Mudder Hubbard’, I decided to visit the store in the east and to my surprise I was shocked!
Finding bread was like looking for a needle in a haystack, but yet, there was no hay or needle! The shelves were empty as if Irene had visited the store.
Limited items were stacked to the front of the shelves like rocks on the edge of a cliff, offering no other choice. The meat selections were few. Mr. Editor, I could not find Hellmanns Mayonnaise to mix my potato salad.
The store looked as if it had been in the middle of the British riots; raided and all! The picture reminded me of a store in the centre of Kabul; empty in distress.
And then I wondered, how come that talk show host, who does talk everything he sees, didn’t see that store was on life support.
Don’t believe everything ya hear, go and check things out for yourself!
Mom and Pap stores are on the rise again, this writer gone back to shopping at Ms Mary, at least she have mayonnaise and the very best Hellmanns!
C. B. Pinder