When I moved to our town 8 years ago the population was less then 10,000 people and the town had 1 working stop light, and one grocery store named Daniels. Daniels was a family run grocery store in the “middle” of town and next door was the “Mom and Pop” pharmacy. The pharmacy was one of those rare places where the Pharmacists knew every little detail about your personal needs, including your first name. Daniels was one of those rare grocery stores where the management knew your name, your children’s names and would even provide 1 on 1 service.
That has all changed in the name of progress. Two years ago SD&GE (San Diego Gas and Electric) decided to build the Sun Rise Power Link and place the core of the power link right down the middle of town. For the last two years the center of our main road through town has been torn apart so the main line can be buried. The result has been the loss of nine businesses, 1 restaurant and Daniel’s grocery store.
In the name of “Progress” our town has acquired the following:
- 4 more stop lights
- Albertson’s Grocery Store
And now Fresh and Easy “Neighborhood” Market store chain
The small town feel we fell in love with is losing that feel.