I’ve written a bit about the search for a grocery in Whitewater, but admittedly it has not been a principal topic for me.
That’s not because I don’t think a grocery or co-op would be nice to have; it’s because I know it’s hard to sustain one. Retail grocers (independent ones most notably) operate under demanding, difficult market conditions.
It doesn’t matter how much some residents now want a grocery – it’s not easy to attract one. Sentry’s owners, after all, tried for years to find a buyer. What matters is whether sufficient numbers of residents can be expected to patronize regularly a grocery. Not enough did so previously.
I’m surely no booster of local government, and I’d surely rather not see public money for a grocery, but it’s wildly mistaken for some to contend that this should have happened by now, as though with a snap of one’s fingers. The expectation & implication that this should have been wrapped up already is, to put it mildly, misguided.
It’s significantly harder to attract or run a grocery than it is to fill one’s cart while walking down the aisles.