Thursday, October 08, 2009

I Wonder What's in Store

People who know me know I get excited about the silliest or simplest of things. Like the fact that when I went to get gas last night, the price was just $2.39 a gallon — six cents cheaper than the place I drive by on the way to work every day. What can I say? I think it's a good thing that it doesn't take much to make me happy.

So you can only imagine my reaction when I noticed that the Star Market at the corner of Hammond St. and Route 9 would be re-opening on October 30. This supermarket, the closest one to where I live, has been closed for more than a year, and in that time, I've had to "slum it" by going to the stores on Beacon St., Western Ave., or out in Auburndale (yes, that was sarcasm). How nice it will be to have a supermarket so close again. And not just any supermarket, but one that's been torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. This new one is shiny, nicer and, well, new. It's much bigger, and I'm thinking it'll have much more in it than the old one did.

I remember back when I was at Brandeis and the new Star Market (or was it Shaw's back then?) opened on Main St. A friend of mine and I went for some groceries one day, and I don't feel embarrassed to tell you it felt like we were at Disney World, the way the place was so bright and clean, and how it had so much more in it than we expected. And yes, it even felt like the folks were cleaning up after us — wiping the floor, adjusting the food on the shelves — as we walked down each aisle. This was a supermarket I could enjoy going to.

My simple-minded self is already starting to get worked up over the prospect of such a place opening in just three weeks and about how much more fun — and more convenient — it will be to do my food shopping there. I may even have to cook a meal to celebrate.

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Update 10/31: There's a lot in store

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