Goodbye Pathmark

In New Jersey we have different grocery stores from the rest of the nation. I don't know why that is, but that's how it's always been. There's no Giant or Kroeger or wherever the hell else the rest of the country shops for food. We have ShopRite, Pathmark, Stop and Shop and A&P.

The local Pathmark has been in existence since 1974. As long as I have been alive it's been there selling food and haba and lightbulbs. Because food stores in the northeast also sell hardware. Cuz that's how we roll.

But all that is about to change. The various Pathmarks and A&P's have been closing all over the tristate area, but there were a few holdouts.

Sadly, now even the hangers on are shuttering their doors very soon.

It probably wouldn't be difficult to point out all the ways which these corps could've driven more sales to their locations, but why beat a dead horse. It's done. The grave has been dug.

While they may have been poorly managed both at a corporate and local level, I think their primary downfall was Wal-Mart. When Wal-Mart started selling a full selection of food stuffs that was the begining of the end.

I don't shop at Wal-Mart. Because they are evil. I won't be starting to any time in the forseeable future. They're not evil because they put this one set of stores out of business. They're evil because this is what they do everywhere. They saturate markets with cheap shit  and cheap labor and destory all kinds of businesses. And really the people are to blame. The customers. For shopping there. But people are stupid. And people suck. You can't fix that. But you can hate Wal-Mart. That's easy.

The strangest part is that the people working at Pathmark seem happy about it closing. Most of them .have been working there a very long time. It's like they've been set free from their bondage.

Personally, I'm sad about it. I think they are too, brave faces not withstanding.