I was standing in line at the checkout with my fellow riff- raff at WinCo, in the Eureka Mall today, when Leo Sears' My Word
column in today's Times- Standard came to mind.
I'm glad we didn't have all the anti- business sentiment we have in Humboldt today when WinCo came to town. Neat store, good prices (although some things are better bought at Grocery Outlet) and the cheapest beer in town.
Hey, when a store sells a case of Hamms Beer for $9.15 they'll get my business all the time. I used to frequent Safeway back when they sold three 12 packs of Old Milwaukee for something like $9.99 but, for some reason they decided not to carry any cheap beer anymore.
Detractors of big box stores don't realize how nice it is for us low income folks to have some place to buy things on the cheap and it's generally the big boxes that provide that opportunity.
They can actually help other smaller businesses, too.
The last time I went to WinCo, there was some gal in line in front of me. She had tons of everything: Eggs, vegetables, milk, you name it. Much more than I would think even a large family would need. I figured it had to be an institutional purchase. Maybe a rest home or the Senior Center.
When she finally got done with her business I quickly paid for the three or four items I was buying and went around to load my stuff and she was still packing up all her stuff. She apologized for taking so long. I told her I didn't mind ( I really didn't, but I could see the ladies behind me were getting annoyed).
I told her I figured she must be buying for some institution with a shopping list like hers. She said, "No, we actually own a small store. We can actually buy things cheaper here than we can from some distributors, so we buy a lot of our stuff here.".
Wow. That was a surprise. I'm still kicking myself in the head for not asking what store she runs. There's one small business that's thankful for at least one big box in town.