My local Sentry Grocery Store is on it’s last legs… they should be totally closed by the first week of September.
If you have ever taken my class — you know I am not a big fan of “box” stores or “warehouse clubs”. They have too much, you often get a size that you can’t use before it goes bad and they give very little back to the community.
I refuse to shop at a store that won’t let Veterans sell poppies or Scouts sell cookies and popcorn.
That is why this particular store hits me so hard. For three generations it has given a LOT back to the community. You could always get tickets for the local civic theater productions, stuff a red kettle, helped the band boosters, buy popcorn and cookies from the cutest scouts, get your car washed by high school groups, and more. Let’s talk Civic Groups; Lions, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Not to mention all that they did and didn’t take publicity for!
This particular store had the best flower shop in the area. You could get ANYthing you needed, quickly, and it was always fresh and beautiful. I know my Mother’s Day corsage has come from there for the last 6 years.
So many people take their local stores for granted — just a place to run in to and grab a gallon of milk until they could go in to the “Big” store for their real shopping. I prefer to shop at these stores, between their weekly ads and coupons, I do WAY better than the 20 gallon drum of olive oil and the club.
Here is what happens when you do not shop locally:
They sell the tables and chairs where people use to sit and visit. They had stopped coming…
The floral department will get rid of it’s supplies. No more surprise flower bouquets or balloons…
They stop restocking the inventory. No fresh dairy, bread, soda, etc and they sell off the dry goods.
And the biggie: 225 people lose their jobs.
It’s the death of a store…and a big hole in your local community…whether you realize it or not.
If you want to check out the closing sale of Sentry Foods Sun Prairie, do it soon.
Dry Goods are 20% off, lots of deals on floral supplies and gift cards are 75% off. They are no longer following the weekly ad, but do have some great bargains to be had. 20% off my cat food (that rarely has coupons) is a good deal.
I hope you do better than I do. I left the store crying…..