I just returned from shopping at the soon-to-be-closed Haggen in Arroyo Grande. As usual, not many shoppers were there. I felt as though I were visiting a dying old friend who went by the name of Albertsons for so many years. The store is dying little by little. The DVD machine is gone, and there were no displays. The produce man who was always helpful and cheerful never made eye contact with me. The ladies in the bakery seemed lost in deep thoughts.
When I checked out, I told the girl with the long blond hair how sorry I was to hear the store was closing. She thanked me for my concern and tried to smile, but her eyes told me her heart was broken. Then she told me she had worked at Albersons for 16 years. Sixteen years of work only to have the rug pulled out from under you.
When I looked at my bill, at the bottom it read, “Complete our survey and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card ” I decided to share my concerns and let them know how I felt that they had killed off Albersons.
However, when I went to their website, it stated the survey was only for residents of Washington and Oregon. I can see why.
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