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16 October 2015 @ 09:20 am
A & P  
For many years I have watched the stores and businesses of my youth fall prey to the antisocial Darwinism by which corporations thrive. A & P was old when I was born, and it survived as many of its grocery brethren fell, but now it too is on the way out. Around here the chain that it is replacing many of its stores is called Acme. The Church of the SuperGenius views with alarm.
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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Nabaztag leaning inporsupah on October 17th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thus is it is so many locales, sadly. Here, the local Kwik-E-Mart is a company renowned for taking workers from the government's unemployed roll, on "work experience", wherein they're paid only unemployment benefit - not even minimum wage (which required emergency legislation to "fix", which all the parties at the time were quite happy to snuggle up for). Thus, they're not unemployed (per unemployment figures), but they're not employed (per minimum wage legislation).

Still, such doesn't have to be the norm. I was delighted to find, recently, that a shoe store I used to frequent back around 2000 in the Haight is not only still going, but that they have their own locally produced line as well now. Given how fierce retail competition can be anywhere, let alone San Francisco commercial rents, I'm impressed. They thoroughly deserve every bit of their success. ^_^
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on October 17th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
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