Opinion: Supermarket should be saved

I was both surprised and dismayed to read the report of the possible closure of Greg’s Meat Market in the March 26 edition of the Addison Independent. As a steady customer of this store for many years, I find its possible demise to be very distressing. I have spoken to other customers who are equally distressed and puzzled by this sudden, unexpected turn of events.
Greg’s Meat Market has filled a unique place in the local retail sector somewhere between the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op and the large supermarkets with its combination of full-service meat department, and some local meats, fish, honey, maple syrup, etc., along with a wide range of name-brand grocery and household products. Its friendly service and, especially, its deliveries to shut-ins have been extremely helpful to many area seniors.
The lack of any “official” information about the fate of Greg’s makes an informed discussion on this situation difficult, but I can’t help but think that someone out there must be interested in keeping this business open. If no single individual is willing or able to step forward, I also wonder if there is sufficient local support to try to create some sort of local, community-ownership strategy to breathe new life and energy into this wonderful local institution.
Greg Pahl

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