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Lamenting the loss of Bristol Farms

Posted: February 18, 2010 9:59 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
How sad that such a wonderful destination is closing its doors.

My entire family was so excited when a quality, friendly and customer service-oriented specialty market finally came to our town. My young boys — ages 12, 10 and 9 — enjoyed riding their bikes two short blocks for a treat, a slice of pizza or a funky soda pop. I never worried about them being in the store because just about every employee knew them by name, and vice versa.

Where else around here does something like that happen? My wife has been reduced to tears, really, over the closing. Between drop-offs, pickups and volunteering, she was in the store every day picking out some tasty item to work dinner around.

The folks who worked there were like an extended family to her and every other regular customer.

I have heard nothing but the same lament from all of those who will miss “Bristol.” What a shame that we have been reduced to a community that succumbed to the pressures of the big-box, processed-food emporiums without personality, charm and good taste that Bristol Farms brought to our lives.

The city leaders want us to “shop local” and help the local economy, and now we lose yet another quality shopping destination.

I know my neighbors and I will be making the trek out of the local area to shop and spend our money elsewhere at the closest Bristol Farms market, but it just won’t be the same enjoyable, hometown experience we had for that brief blip in the sad history of quality Valencia retail.

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