The nice stock clerk that i say hello to each week when i go to the MomAndPop Store for milk and tortillas and the best tomatoes and other produce in the area greeted me with his usual smile, and i greeted him back.
Then he stopped me and said, "By the way, since you shop here every week, I thought you should know, we're moving!"
Moving? i asked.
"Yeah, the whole store is moving."
So, they aren't closing, and you won't lose your jobs, you will just be working in a new building? i continued.
"Yeah, everything's cool, we just gotta be outta here by July 31. That's our last day here. Then another store will be moving in"
Thanks for letting me know, and you know i'll follow you guys to your new location, i grinned.
"Heh, heh, I thought you would!" he responded with a huge grin.
This shouldn't have come as a surprise to me. Just over 50 years ago, when Mom and Pop started the MomAndPop Store, it was on property they owned. When they opened their second location, same thing. Then they opened the third store, but couldn't buy the building.
For over 40 years, they have rented from Mr. Slum Lord. The man would tell them that his people had come out and looked at the roof, and there was no leak, and the next day it would rain and part of the roof would fall in. That kind of Mr. Slum Lord. Someone who didn't care to keep up the property, just get more rent out of it.
About 6 months or so ago, there was talk of Mr. Slum Lord selling the property. This had been discussed over and over for years, and every sale had fallen through based on the fact that one of the stores in the strip mall style buildings is a dry cleaner, and when they opened years ago there was less environmental regulation, and so the ground near that part of the building always tested as requiring remediation work that potential buyers wouldn't do.
This potential buyer would do it, apparently, and the sale went through. The new owners have promised renovations, but have told Mom and Pop's kids, who still run the stores, that the rent will go up much more than they are willing to pay.
The end result was on the front page of the paper yesterday, thus the employee meeting the day before that to make the announcement of the move. They will reopen on August 1 in their new place, just a few miles up the road. Not as convenient for me, but i will get by there weekly anyway, as it's near the shelter.
The building will be renovated, and a different grocery, much more upscale, will be opening around Thanksgiving. No, i'm not impressed. Upscale usually equally pricier than i am willing to pay.
As for the other tenants of the other stores, including Dr. Bea, my veterinarian, i haven't heard.
All i know is, it will be worth stopping at MomAndPop Store's new location once a week while i'm at the shelter anyway, and if the new landlord repairs the parking lot here it will be a blessing, even if i'm only there for the vet or dollar store. Mr. Slum Lord let it get so bad that i've even been bruised when the shopping cart went into a pot hole and bucked back and hit my let.
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Peter Nero, 1934
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Judith Crist, 1922
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Sir Laurence Olivier, 1907
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859
Mary Cassatt, 1844
Richard Wagner, 1813
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The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo, 1176
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe, 1377
Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England, 1455
A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason, 1807
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The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished, 1840
Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns, 1842
The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened, 1897
The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine", 1906
Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century, 1915
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The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard 400 miles southwest of the Azores, 1968
Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972
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