Life After Shoppers


Today I went to buy some green onions at Shoppers in Manchester Lakes. They were out.

I asked the man working the produce section to help me find them. He informed me that the store closing is impacting the daily shipments and they are starting to receive less and less inventory.

The man then shared that he had no idea what he’d do after the store closed and how the company hasn’t informed the employees of what is going to happen next.

When Giant closed in Hayfield, I didn’t feel that bad because I knew that the company had other store locations to absorb the employees. This is different because these employees won’t have another store to go to.

Two things crossed my mind, one selfish and the other not so much.

My non-selfish thought was, what will these people do now that they don’t have a job? I see them every week and I’ve grown to care about them. Even if I don’t know everyone by name, you start to feel connected to seeing people’s faces.

My selfish thought occurred later the same day when I went to Safeway to pick up green onions. I realized then that I have to learn about a new grocery store. It took me 10 minutes to find the canned soup.

While I agree with you that this is a first-world problem, it doesn’t take the sting away from knowing that several people will have a different commute in a few months and I’ll never see them again.

Last thought before I end this already long post.

What’s going to happen at the Festival Shopping Center? Here’s a list of places that have closed and remain vacant in less than 2 years:

  • Bungalows
  • The Bank next to Kumo
  • Shoppers

Not to mention the rumor someone mentioned about Lucky’s possibly shutting its doors. That’s a lot a vacancy in a short amount of time for what seems like the perfect commercial location.

Looks like the only thing that’s certain is change.